Four killed - including suspect - after gunman opens fire inside downtown Cincinnati bank

Four killed - including suspect - after gunman opens fire inside downtown Cincinnati bank

Four killed - including suspect - after gunman opens fire inside downtown Cincinnati bank

Isaac said he could not confirm local media reports that the shooter was a disgruntled employee of the bank, and said he had no information that the victims were targeted.

The other two killed are 48-year-old Luis Calderon and 64-year-old Richard Newcomer.

Radio traffic indicated other victims may have been transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.

A police spokesman says two victims were treated at UC Medical Center.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said: "There's something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it". But they said the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was purchased legally in Cincinnati in August. He said Perez has lived in the Cincinnati area since at least 2015.

Television footage showed bodies being carried out on stretchers and police surrounding the area around the Fifth Third Centre skyscraper, which is the bank's corporate headquarters.

It was not immediately clear if the shooter was one of them but the police later reported four dead in the incident, including the shooter. Suspect is dead. Three or four officers responded and engaged the shooter.

No police officers were hurt, ABC News affiliate WLOX reported. Call received at 9:10am.

-This report was updated at 11:38 a.m.

There were people screaming "shooter, run, leave", in Fountain Square, a park that often hosts concerts, dancing, and food trucks. It is unclear how he got to Fountain Square, but he entered multiple businesses before going to the bank, according to the police chief.

"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.

Police later Thursday descended on the suspect's apartment in North Bend, located some 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

Dozens of law enforcement officers and medics swarmed the scene.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officials are also on the scene to assist in the investigation.

"Random mass shootings, which plague our nation, are not normal and we as a country can't allow them to be normalized", Craley said in a statement posted on Twitter later Thursday.

Mayor John Cranley said the gunman was "actively shooting innocent victims" and lamented how commonplace gun violence has become in America during a press conference following the violent attack.

There was a senseless act of gun violence on the streets of Cincinnati this morning. "Our hearts are broken today". He died at the scene, Isaac said. If you're downtown, please follow first responder instructions for the safety of everyone involved.

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