Cincinnati shooting: Multiple people shot dead at bank

Cincinnati shooting: Multiple people shot dead at bank

Cincinnati shooting: Multiple people shot dead at bank

The gunman entered a loading dock and opened fire before going into the lobby of the building, where four police officers engaged him, and gunfire was exchanged, Isaac said.

John Cranley, the mayor of Cincinnati, said the gunman had been "actively shooting innocent victims" - and described the scene as "horrific".

The chief said some of the victims were shot multiple times.

The situation in Cincinatti appeared to be under control shortly before 10am [14:00 GMT] on Thursday, but police said they were still investigating.

The Enquirer said some customers were hiding inside a bathroom at the bank, and that one gunshot victim was found inside a nearby ice cream shop.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Santa-Perez used a 9mm handgun in the attack.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (D), speaking at a news conference earlier Thursday, decried the gun violence as something that "shouldn't be viewed as normal". He said the shooter, who fired a 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol during the incident, was not a former or current employee of the bank.

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A police officer comforts a woman outside UCMC ER following an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati. He carried a couple hundred rounds of ammunition, which Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac acknowledged could have resulted in many more victims if not for the heroic officers. Fox19 reported that four people had been taken to a local hospital.

Cranley previous year joined more than 1,000 mayors across the country in signing a pact to end illegal gun use and enforce current gun laws. He said one investigator warned it could have been "a bloodbath beyond imagination". Our Country is the only first-world nation with this level of mass shootings.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officials arrived on the scene to sweep the building, ATF spokeswoman Suzanne Dabkowski said. He died at the scene, Isaac said.

Cincinnati police revealed that five victims were injured in all and three are deceased. Two died, one is in critical condition and one remains in serious condition, she said.

"All he had to do was look over the counter at us and we would have been shot", Ginyard told reporters, adding she saw the shooter reload his pistol.

Michael Richardson, who works in the building, was just outside the main doors smoking a cigarette when he heard gunshots.

"Everybody was in there crying. 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. I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming. Police swarmed his apartment in North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

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