Multiple victims reported in ‘active shooter’ incident at Cincinnati bank

The suspect, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Police said people inside the 30-story Fifth Third Center skyscraper were being held in place but would be able to leave the building soon.

The gunman was confronted by Cincinnati police officers inside of the building, officials said, and a shootout commenced.

His aunt, Yudy Martinez Perez, slumped against a kitchen wall and muttered denials after she heard the news, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The shooter's identity or motive were not released.

"She walked in the door and he shot her", Leonard Cain told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Police earlier characterized it as an "active shooter/officer involved shooting incident" in a tweet, but did not elaborate.

"I made it out to see my kids, to see another day", she said with relief. In a press conference, authorities called it a "horrific situation".

A spokeswoman for Fifth Third Bank says the company would comment later.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the rapid police response probably prevented many more casualties.

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Afterward, police swarmed the gunman's apartment in North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

The shooting sent people scrambling across the city's Fountain Square amid cries of "shooter!"

The three men killed were Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64, according to Dylan Wical of the the Hamilton County Coroner's office. She said she did not know their condition. "After that, I started running", Richardson said.

Chief Isaac says Santa Perez was engaged by several officers in the first floor lobby of Fifth Third Bank. Two others were hospitalized.

Three people were killed by the gunman, Isaac said, and at least two other victims were reportedly hospitalized with gunshot wounds. "This is an American problem, that we as Americans must solve by putting ideology last and human life first", said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Cotter said Newcomer had worked for Gilbane, which has headquarters in Rhode Island and has two offices in OH, for four years, overseeing trade workers.

He said a woman was also walking into the bank and people tried to get her attention but she had headphones on.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has ordered flags in Ohio to be lowered to half-staff until Monday.

Witnesses reported seeing victims on stretchers.

One victim was located at Fifth and Walnut streets, while another was discovered inside a nearby Graeter's ice cream shop, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Avoid area of fountain square in downtown Cincinnati".

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