'A horrific situation': 4 dead in Cincinnati bank shooting

The shooter opened fire early in the morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building

A woman is comforted by authorities stationed outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's Emergency room following a shooting in downtown Cincinnati that left at least four dead and several injured, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Cincinnati. Three other victims have passed away from injuries sustained. UC Health spokeswoman Kelly Martin said one victim remained there in critical condition and another was listed as serious.

Police searched his home in North Bend, Ohio, and there was "nothing that obviously stood out as to motive", the police chief said, adding that the investigation is continuing and the police department is getting federal assistance in the probe.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said three or four officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, identified as Omar Santa Perez.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Yudy Martinez Perez slumped against a kitchen wall and muttered denials after she heard the news.

Fifth Third, which operates 1,200 banking centers across several states, in a statement offered its "thoughts and prayers" for everyone "caught up in this awful event".

Cincinnati police block off streets near the scene of a shooting incident at Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square.

Steve Conner lives on the first floor of the apartment building where the Perez lived. Local police shot dead the gunman later.

He then made his way to the lobby, where he was met by police officers who gunned him down. Later, he accessed the high-rise building through a loading dock and opened fire.

The area around the skyscraper was shut down until about 9.15am (9pm Singapore time), and police found victims in and around 511 Walnut St, including one who was severely wounded and ended up at an ice cream shop steps from the building. The bank building was locked down for most of the morning, and surrounding streets and sidewalks were closed off.

"No other industrialized country has this level of multiple active shootings on a regular basis, nearly on a daily basis", Cranley said.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the rapid police response probably prevented many more casualties. "We knew immediately something was wrong".

Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said she recognized the youngest victim of the Fifth Third Center shooting.

Two police officers rushed to help Austin, 37, and carried her to safety Thursday.

Police have not yet determined whether he was killed by officers or by a self-inflicted gunshot.

"Random mass shootings, which plague our Nation, are not normal and we as a Country can't allow them to be normalized".

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