Three People Killed, Suspect Dead in Shooting at Cincinnati’s Fountain Square

At least three people were killed in a shooting Thursday at the Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, and two others were injured, Cincinnati police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

The suspect is also dead, Isaac said. The chief later identified the shooter as Omar Perez, a 29-year-old man from the town of North Bend, Ohio. The gunman had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, the chief said.

Investigators searched the gunman’s residence but there was no immediate indicator of motive.

Police finished securing the building just before 11 a.m. ET, the chief said.

The shooting began shortly after 9 a.m. The gunman entered a loading dock and opened fire before going into the lobby of the building, where three or four police officers engaged him, and gunfire was exchanged, Isaac said.

“This is not normal, and it shouldn’t be viewed as normal. This is abnormal. No other industrialized country has this level of active multiple shootings on a regular basis,” Mayor John Cranley said in a news conference. “I think there’s something deeply sick at work here.”

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center received victims with gunshot wounds, a woman and three men, said Kelly Martin, senior director of UC Health. Two died, one is in critical condition and one remains in serious condition, she said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Carma Hassan