Indian man among three victims of bank shooting in Cincinnati

Indian man among three victims of bank shooting in Cincinnati

Indian man among three victims of bank shooting in Cincinnati

"I commend the law enforcement, fire and (emergency medical) personnel who swiftly responded to the scene and share my deepest sympathies with the innocent victims of this violent attack".

Gun shots rang out just after 9 am (9 pm Singapore time) at the high-rise headquarters of Fifth Third Bank, a regional financial institution in Ohio's third-largest city.

Perez had about 200 rounds of extra ammunition in the briefcase he was carrying, Isaac said. Police have not found "conclusive" proof of a motive, but Police Chief Eliot Isaac says there may be signs of mental illness. No officers were injured in the incident.

Three people were killed by the gunman, officials said, and two others were wounded.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said: "We send our prayers to the victims and their families". A fourth victim was brought to the facility in serious condition and has since been upgraded to "fair condition".

The body of one of the three men killed in the shooting was recognized by the coroner.

The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, opened fire at around 9:10 AM after entering the lobby of a 30-storey building.

The nearby area of Fountain Square has been closed off to foot traffic as the Cincinnati police and the FBI investigate the incident.

Police do not know what why the shooter made a decision to open fire in the lobby of the skyscraper that houses the banks headquarters. The FBI and ATF also assisted.

Isaac added that Omar Santa Perez is not a former or current employee of the bank. A weapon was recovered at the scene. People in the immediate vicinity should remain on lockdown until further notice.

Thursday afternoon, the Hamilton County Sherriff executed a search warrant at the North Bend home of the suspected shooter.

Whitney Austin, 37, is in stable condition, her brother-in-law Lonnie Gardner told the Courier Journal on Thursday evening. He then entered through the side of the building and opened fire before continuing into the lobby are and firing more shots, Isaac said.

Witnesses reported seeing victims on stretchers.

"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again", Richardson said.

Waiting for update from @CincyPD. She told The Associated Press that after repeatedly hearing shots, she went to the window and saw people running and ducking for cover as officers started shooting into the bank.

Perez arrived at the location in his own vehicle and parked his auto on a nearby street, Isaac said.

"I remember meeting him at the temple", she told The Enquirer.

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