Cincinnati Mass Shooting Victims Identified; Police Looking Into Shooter's Background

Four people died Thursday when a lone gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati Police confirmed they were investigating an "active shooter/officer involved incident" at the 30-story building on Walnut Street, which houses the bank and several other companies, around 9:30 a.m.

Perez's weapon of choice in the carnage had been purchased legally, according to preliminary reports cited by Isaac.

City councilman P.G. Sittenfeld said it was a sick and tragic way to begin the day.

The victims apparently were shot at random by the gunman, who had no accomplices, Issac said.

First responders tend to a victim of a shooting near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. When the elevator doors opened, Hanson said her co-worker nearly stepped on a man's body.

Martinez Perez described him as "very quiet" and said he had been working various jobs but his family didn't know where.

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"This is an American problem, that we as Americans must solve by putting ideology last and human life first", said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. He entered the center's lobby through that shop, police said.

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.

Killed were Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's office.

"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again", Richardson said. Another moved to Cincinnati a year ago to take a better job with Fifth Third Bancorp. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center said that two victims died at the hospital and that one survivor was in critical condition and another was in serious condition.

"If he had gotten on the elevator, gone up to a floor, if he had been there earlier or a little bit longer, many more people would have been killed", Cranley said.

"No other industrialized country has this level of multiple active shootings on a regular basis, nearly on a daily basis", Cranley said. I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming.

"Terrible shooting incident in the heart of our city this morning", City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted.

Federal agents were on the scene as police searched through the building. "The scourge of gun violence leaves only loss", Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter.

  • Jon Douglas