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Four Dead After Gunman Opens Fire In Ohio Cincinnati Bank

Four Dead After Gunman Opens Fire In Ohio Cincinnati Bank

Four people are dead, including the alleged gunman, and two wounded after a shooting at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, according to authorities.

Police say they're trying to learn why a gunman carrying a large amount of ammunition began shooting in a downtown Cincinnati high-rise building, killing three people and wounding two others before four officers all opened fire on him.

Reports indicate that during the shooting, there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect in the lobby and the loading dock of the bank.

It is now unclear if the gunman shot himself or was killed by officers.

Police said that it is not clear if Perez had a history of mental illness. Two of those patients are among the dead, officials said, one is in serious condition and the other in critical condition.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley credited police and firefighters for their heroic actions, running into the bank lobby to confront the shooter.

The carnage unfolded in Fountain Square, a popular venue populated by office buildings, restaurants and retail stores.

Al Jazeera contacted the Cincinatti Police Department but did not immediately receive a response.

One witness, Leonard Cain, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he watched in horror as Perez shot a woman, one of about 15 rounds he'd heard the gunman fire. Although people tried to get her attention before she entered the building, she was wearing headphones and did not hear them.

The incident remains under investigation, and the gunman has not been identified. "I will be eating lunch on Fountain Square tomorrow, mindful of the true character of Cincinnati".

"This is a shock that none of us could have ever expected and we're focused on praying for his family and getting through this", Cotter said.

Cincinnati Police responds to shooting inside a bank in downtown, in this social media photo released in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., September 6, 2018.

Another witness, Michael Richardson, who works in the Fifth Third Bank building, told the newspaper he was outside smoking a cigarette when he heard gunshots.

Newcomer, a superintendent at Gilbane Building Company was working Thursday at the Fifth Third Center, Gilbane spokesman Wes Cotter said. I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming. "We didn't know where to go because we didn't have a backdoor", she told reporters.

"It could have been much, much worse", Cranley said.

The mayor said the incident "is not normal, and it shouldn't be viewed as normal", adding the the United States is the only industrialized nation with frequent active shooter incidents.


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