Cincinnati shooting: Multiple people shot dead at bank

Emergency personnel and police respond to a reported active shooter situation near Fountain Square Thursday Sept. 6 2018 in Cincinnati

Police officers and ambulances rushed to the scene at the Fifth Third Center, a 30-story building in the heart of downtown, during the morning rush.

Police said on Twitter they were "investigating active shooter/officer involved shooting incident at Fifth Third Bank".

He said the gunman then entered the bank's lobby where he exchanged gunfire with police. He was ultimately shot and killed.

It's not clear what the shooter's motives were.

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.

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

Santa Perez had about 200 rounds of ammunition with him during the shootings, Issac said. Cook said she and two other employees hid in the bathroom.

Police later Thursday descended on the suspect's apartment in North Bend, located some 15 miles west of Cincinnati. As a result of the shooting, three people were killed, five people were injured and Perez is also dead.

A visitor from Germany sat at a table on Fountain Square, enjoying a sunny morning when he heard some teens shouting about a shooting. Police said there is no threat in the area.

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People were also asked to avoid the area around Fountain Square. It is home to retail stores, business officers, hotels and eateries.

"I'm so thankful to the paramedics and first responders and the doctors, nurses and staff at UC Medical", Whitney Austin said in a statement released by Fifth Third.

Witnesses told local media they heard as many as 20 gunshots.

"I made it out to see my kids, to see another day", she said in relief. "And I'm thinking about how I can make a difference in the future", Austin said.

Jessica Hanson said her co-worker was in shock and that's when people in her office found what had happened.

Londberg quoted the witness as saying, "I saw a guy in a white shirt walking around and shooting like this" (the witness held up his right arm straight in front of him) 'bing bing bing bing, '" and then added, "He ran. 5/3rd Building on Walnut, downtown Cincinnati. The company in a statement said it's working with law enforcement and offers thoughts and prayers for "everyone caught up in this bad event".

Dozens of law enforcement officers and medics swarmed the scene.

"Random mass shootings, which plague our Nation, are not normal and we as a Country can't allow them to be normalized".

Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the shooting "senseless" and commended officials' swift response.

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