United States shooting: 4 killed, 2 injured in Cincinnati bank building, investigation underway

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

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

The shooting took place at the corporate headquarters, a skyscraper on Cincinnati's main downtown square.

Cranley noted the building on the city's Fountain Square houses popular ice cream, sandwich and pastry shops. The bank building was locked down for most of the morning, and surrounding streets and sidewalks were closed off.

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

This handout photo obtained on September 6, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Monahan via Twitter shows police responding to a shooting at a bank in Cincinnati, Ohio. They didn't immediately explain the search.

"Horrific, grotesque and unacceptable", he said. "We are in the very early stages and are beginning an investigative process".

Federal agents were on the scene.

"All he had to do was look over at the counter at us and we would have been shot", she added.

"I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming", he said.

Jessica Hanson, a contractor with the bank's concierge company, works on one of the lower floors overlooking Fountain Square.

"I just seen people running out of the building", the eyewitness said.

Journalist Nick Swartsell wrote, "Witness Leonard Cain: two shot, including a woman who was heading into the bank and a man, Cain's boss, who works for Gilbane Construction".

The spokesperson said Austin's condition is stable and she is recovering at the UC Medical Center. "We didn't know where to go because we didn't have a backdoor", she told reporters.

Witnesses said more than a dozen shots were fired, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Then, she heard more that "sounded as if they were getting closer and closer". Two others were hospitalized. "I saw a guy in a white shirt walk around and shooting like this - bing, bing, bing, bing", he said as he aimed an imaginary gun and pulled its trigger.

One of the victims, a 25-year-old, was recognized by the coroner. Three died and two others survived and are hospitalized, including a Louisville woman. One of the victims was found deceased at the scene. In all, the hospital received four gunshot wound victims from this morning's incident.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted: "Concerning today's shootings, we offer our condolences to Mayor John Cranley, the victims and good citizens of Cincinnati". He said one investigator warned it could have been "a bloodbath beyond imagination".

"People in the immediate vicinity should remain on lockdown until further notice", Cincinnati police said in a tweet.

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