Police Respond to Active Shooter Situation in Downtown Cincinnati

Police investigate the scene after a shooting at the Fifth Third Bank building on Fountain Square Thursday Sept. 6 2018 in downtown Cincinnati

Hundreds of people gathered Friday to remember the victims at a vigil in Fountain Square, just steps from the site of the shooting.

Five people were shot, some multiple times, in the incident, they said, adding that the gunman was killed in a shootout with the police.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the gunman was carrying a large amount of ammunition, and the rapid police response likely prevented many more casualties.

An ongoing investigation has provided no indication of the shooter's motive, according to Isaac, but "mental health issues" may have been a factor, he said. He, along with two others, Luis Felipe Calderon, 48, and Richard Newcomer, 64, were shot dead by the gunman identified as Omar Perez, 29.

Isaac said its unclear why Perez carried out the attack, though investigators are now combing through evidence at his home in North Bend, approximately 15 miles west of downtown Cincinnati.

Perez had about 250 rounds in the satchel, Isaac said.

Federal agents were on the scene.

Perez had opened fire in the building's loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots, Mr Isaac told reporters at a televised press conference. "I can't put into words how grief-stricken we are", Cotter said.

One witness, Leonard Cain, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he was going inside the bank when someone yelled that he shouldn't because of the shooting. He tried to do the same for another woman also about to enter the bank, but he was too late.

Police said he went into a sandwich shop and possibly other businesses before entering the lobby and opening fire around 9:10 a.m.

McDonald says his co-workers were told to stay in place and that he saw two men wheeled out on stretchers. She got back in the elevator and rode up to her floor, where Hanson said she was in complete shock and unable to form complete sentences. "We knew immediately something was wrong".

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 erupted, according to Reuters.

"I heard about eight gunshots, and I actually got on my knees".

She said the shooter was so close that she could smell the gunpowder as he fired. "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.

The Governor's tribute joins growing list of events to honor the shooting victims.

Two more died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. One is in critical condition and one has been upgraded to fair condition. Each suffered gunshot wounds, officials said.

"This is clearly an act of grotesque violence to innocent people and it should frighten all of us", said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. "Run-leave!", in Fountain Square, a park that often hosts concerts, dancing, and food trucks.

Mayor John Cranley credited the swift action of police who ended the active threat.

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