A gunman dressed in a business suit opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati early on Thursday (September 6), killing three people and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.
The shooter began firing inside a loading dock at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters near Fountain Square, police said. He then entered the lobby where he exchanged fire with law enforcement.
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The city’s police chief, Eliot Isaac, said the suspect was Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, of North Bend, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. 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.
Investigators have not identified a motive for the shootings, Issac said. A search was conducted of his apartment, he said.
Santa Perez had about 200 rounds of ammunition with him during the shootings, Issac said. He said the firearm was apparently legally purchased.
The chief said he did not know if the suspect, who had lived in the Cincinnati area since 2015, had any history of mental illness.
The victims apparently were shot at random by the gunman, who had no accomplices, Issac said. Four Cincinnati police officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, and he was killed by that gunfire. No officers were injured.