Gunman, Three Others Killed In US Bank Shooting

Aaron Brown
September 8, 2018

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the rapid police response probably prevented many more casualties.

Police in the USA city of Cincinnati say they've responded to an active shooter situation at a building downtown.

The shooting began just after 9 a.m. ET. Officials have not yet revealed a motive in the attack.

"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again", Michael Richardson, who works in the bank building, told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Police earlier characterized it as an "active shooter/officer involved shooting incident" in a tweet, but did not elaborate.

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"So, a very horrific situation", Isaac said at the shooting scene.

Fifth Third Bank is one of Cincinnati's dominant financial institutions with 121 local branches. And Cranley said things "could have been much, much worse" without it. "The shots got closer and closer and closer and closer and that's all you can think about is, I'm next, I'm next, I'm next", Janetta Cook, a bakery worker, was quoted by CNN saying.

Bank employees sheltered in situ for an hour or more as officers swept the building and cordoned off several downtown city blocks.

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"She walked in the door and he shot her", Cain said.

Scenes from an active shooter situation at Fifth Third downtown on Fountain Square on September 6, 2018.

The other two victims were identified as Luis Calderon, 48, and Richard Newcomer, 64, a contractor who worked for Gilbane Building Company.

A spokeswoman for University of Cincinnati Medical Center told CBS affiliate WKRC-TV that four victims had been transported to the hospital.

Her husband, Waller Austin, said she is "in good spirits and a fighter". He then entered the lobby where he exchanged fire with police officers, Isaac told a news conference. Two others were injured, he said. "I can't put into words how grief-stricken we are", Cotter said.

It's unclear if the gunman shot himself or was shot by officers, police said. He said a woman also was walking into the bank at the same time, but she had headphones on and apparently couldn't hear their warnings. We could quickly see there was a large police presence and could see them blocking Fountain Square.

"It is all too clear that we have to do more in OH to address the gun violence affecting communities across the state", said a statement from the OH chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Square and surrounding area will be closed to foot traffic.

"I commend law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel who swiftly responded to the scene and share my deepest sympathies with the victims", he wrote. "Police responding to 5th/3rd bank building for possible shooting", the station reported on Twitter.

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