The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have responded to the scene and are assisting Cincinnati police in their investigation, the bureaus said. We could quickly see there was a large police presence and could see them blocking Fountain Square. He then entered the lobby where he exchanged fire with police officers, Isaac told a news conference.
"At least three or four of our officers did engage the suspect", Isaac said. The total victim count at this time is not known.
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.
Isaac said Perez allegedly used a 9 mm gun, which was purchased legally.
It's unclear if the gunman shot himself or was shot by officers, police said.
Kevin Grasha, a reporter with The Enquirer said the scene is now secure with reports of several people with critical gunshot wounds. The shooter also died at the scene. "We are absolutely grief stricken".
"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again", Richardson said.
"We couldn't feel worse about it", Cotter said.
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The victims have been identified as Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, Richard Newcomer and Luis Felipe Calderón, according to the Hamilton County Coroner.
After the incident was over, police said four people, including the gunman, were dead.
An aunt of the man who killed three and injured two during a shooting Thursday broke down crying when she learned her nephew was responsible for the attack.
The mayor said the incident "is not normal, and it shouldn't be viewed as normal", adding the the United States is the only industrialized nation with frequent active shooter incidents. We also have five additional victims that sustained injuries. One victim was determined dead at the scene and two died at the hospital.
"Our physicians and staff are focused on caring for the patients and their families".
"We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen", said Amanda Nageleisen, UC Health spokeswoman. The bank added that it was cooperating with law enforcement and is "grateful for the support and concerns from our neighbors throughout Cincinnati and the country". "Our hearts are broken today".
It's not yet clear whether there was a robbery or some other motive for the possible shooting.
He wasn't a current or former employee at the center, whose primary tenant is the Fifth Third Bank headquarters, officials said.
The shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at the building's loading dock, Isaac said. The situation is contained and the shooter is no longer a threat.