Police say Cincinnati shooter's gun jammed during office rampage

by Garry Watts September 9, 2018, 16:36
Police say Cincinnati shooter's gun jammed during office rampage

Four people were killed in downtown Cincinnati after a gunman opened fire in a bank at Fountain Square.

Reportedly four people, including the gunman, died.

Perez was armed with a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun, which was legally purchased from a Cincinnati gun store in August, Isaac said.

The 911 center received "hundreds of calls" reporting the shooting, the emergency dispatcher said.

A woman who was shot 12 times during a shooting at a Cincinnati bank this week has expressed her gratefulness to first responders for helping her survive the ordeal.

Ebony Ginyard, who works at a Dunkin' Donuts in Fountain Square, said she and other workers and customers dropped to the floor when the shooting started.

Cotter said Newcomer had worked for Gilbane, which has headquarters in Rhode Island and has two offices in OH, for four years, overseeing trade workers.

It is "still very much an active investigation", he said.

The gunman was confronted by Cincinnati police officers inside of the building, officials said, and a shootout commenced. Leonard Cain was entering the bank when someone alerted him to the shooting. Two died, one is in critical condition and one remains in serious condition, she said.

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The three men killed were Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64, according to Dylan Wical of the the Hamilton County Coroner's office.

People in and around the building reported hearing a series of gunshots.

Santa Perez had been in Cincinnati since at least 2015, police said.

'She walked in the door and he shot her, ' the witness told Cincinnati newspaper The Enquirer. Police say the suspect had never worked at Fifth Third and don't have any information linking him to other businesses in the building.

"Words can not describe what I'm sure we are all feeling", said Larry Newcomer.

Also Thursday night, the "Cincinnati" sign on the Duke Energy Convention Center featured a special design with the colors of the city seal to honor those who were killed in the Fifth Third Bank shooting. "After that, I started running", Richardson told the paper. Another had moved to Cincinnati just a year ago to take a better job with Fifth Third Bancorp.

Several streets are closed off and buildings in the area are on lockdown as authorities sweep the area.

"This is not normal, and it shouldn't be viewed as normal", the mayor told reporters, adding that the United States is the only industrialized nation with frequent active shooting incidents.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich condemned the rampage as "a senseless act of violence on the streets of Cincinnati".

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