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The Wall Street Journal: 4 killed, including gunman, in shooting at downtown Cincinnati bank

A gunman opened fire at a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing three other people and injuring five others earlier than being shot dead by means of police, officers said.

The man entered the loading dock of the 30-story Fifth Third Bank FITB, -0.61%   building at Fountain Square and started shooting about 9 a.m. native time, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac informed journalists.

He then made his approach to the foyer, where he used to be met by means of law enforcement officials who gunned him down.

“At least three or 4 of our officers did engage the suspect,” Isaac said.

Isaac said he could now not confirm native media experiences that the shooter used to be a disgruntled employee of the bank, and said he had no information that the sufferers were focused. The purpose of the shooter, whose id has now not been launched, used to be now not known.

Mayor John Cranley said the shooting will have been “a lot worse” had it now not been for the short reaction by means of law enforcement officials within the house.

“He used to be actively shooting innocent sufferers, it sounds as if, and our officers were able to kill him and forestall the danger in no time,” Cranley informed a news convention.

The police chief said he could now not say whether or not the gunman shot himself in addition to being shot by means of police. No officers were injured, city officers said.

“There’s one thing deeply sick at work right here and we as a country need to work on it,” the mayor added at a news convention.

The shooter used to be armed with greater than 500 rounds of ammunition, City Councilman Wendell Young said all through the legislative body’s Thursday consultation.

Police said there have been a number of sufferers within the house of 511 Walnut St. within the city’s central business district, a few blocks from Great American Ball Park along the Ohio River.

One sufferer used to be located at Fifth and Walnut streets, whilst another used to be found out inside of a close-by Graeter’s ice cream shop, in step with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Three males and one girl were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, hospital officers said.

One died on the scene, and two others died on the hospital where two other casualties stay in serious and critical situation, in step with UC Health spokeswoman Kelly Martin.

Richard Newcomer used to be a number of the dead, in step with The Enquirer.

The 64-year-old steel tradesmen superintendent used to be overseeing construction work on the building’s 3rd floor, in step with Wes Cotter, a spokesman for Newcomer’s employer Gilbane Building Co.

“It’s any such tragedy. There are not any words to explain how we’re feeling,” Cotter said. “Our thoughts and prayers are going out to his circle of relatives.”

Officials with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said they were looking out the house of the gunman in North Bend, Ohio, in step with WLWT.

The house used to be cleared by means of the bomb squad Thursday afternoon, which reported finding no explosives, the Enquirer reported.

One witness, Leonard Cain, informed the paper that he used to be going inside of a bank when any person yelled that he shouldn’t because of the shooting.

He said a lady additionally used to be walking into the bank on the same time, but had her headphones on and couldn’t listen their warnings.

“She walked within the door and he shot her,” Cain informed the paper, announcing that he heard as much as 15 photographs fired.

Zach Fritzhand, who works within reach, said he saw sufferers mendacity immobile on stretchers.

“There used to be undoubtedly a lot of blood involved,” he said.

Michael Richardson, who works within the bank building, used to be simply out of doors the principle doors when he heard the gunshots and saw a person firing throughout the foyer.

“I seemed in the back of me and saw the man – he shot and then he shot again. After that I began working. I went round to the north aspect of the building and sat down,” he informed The Enquirer.

Richardson said he additionally saw a cop dragging a bloodied girl out of the foyer.

A visitor from Germany sat at a table on Fountain Square, enjoying a sunny morning when he heard some teenagers shouting a couple of shooting.

The man, who declined to give his identify, at first thought it used to be a comic story, but then saw the gunman firing into the bank.

“I heard rounds of gunfire. I saw a man in a white blouse stroll round and shooting like this — bing, bing, bing, bing,” he said as he aimed an imaginary gun and pulled its cause.

Ebony Ginyard, who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Fountain Square, said she and other staff and shoppers dropped to the floor when the shooting erupted, in step with Reuters.

She said the shooter used to be so close that she could scent the gunpowder as he fired.

“All he needed to is glance over the counter at us and we would had been shot,” Ginyard informed journalists.

The mayor said the incident “isn't commonplace, and it shouldn’t be viewed as commonplace,” adding the United States is the one industrialized nation with common energetic shooter incidents.

“We as a country must maintain it,” Cranley said.

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