Four dead including gunman after Cincinnati bank shooting

Emergency personnel and police respond to a reported active shooter situation near Fountain Square Thursday Sept. 6 2018 in Cincinnati

The shooting occurred in the bank's lobby and loading dock, according to police.

Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac said investigators don't know why Santa Perez made a decision to open fire in the building where Fifth Third Bancorp has its headquarters.

"He was actively shooting innocent victims, it appears, and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat very quickly", Cranley told a news conference.

In June, a gunman killed five and injured two at The Capital Gazette newspaper offices in Annapolis, Maryland.

The city's police chief, Eliot Isaac, said the suspect was Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, of North Bend, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. Some victims were shot outside, some inside.

Three people died of their wounds and two others remained hospitalized. Perez used a 9mm semi-automatic andgun and had multiple magazines with about 200 rounds, the chief said.

Cincinnati police respond to shooting inside a bank, in this social media photo released in OH, U.S. on September 6, 2018.

"This is abnormal. No other industrialized country has this level of active multiple shootings on a regular basis, nearly on a daily basis".

Reports of the shooting came in around 9 a.m. local time.

There was a large law enforcement response to the scene. "What we need, as a community is ― not just as a community but as a country ― is how to end these multiple mass shootings".

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Federal and state agents were on the scene as police searched through the building.

-This report was updated at 11:38 a.m. The total victim count at this time is not known. UC Medical Center in Cincinnati tweeted that it had received four of the victims - three men and one woman. One has died, two are in critical condition and one is in serious condition.

Witnesses described the terrifying scene.

A witness said he heard up to 15 shots.

"Everybody was in there crying". We knew immediately something was wrong.

Sammarco posted Wednesday on Facebook, asking how officials will explain to his parents "they will never see their son again because of a senseless shooting in a foreign country".

He said a woman was also walking into the bank and people tried to get her attention but she had headphones on. "After that I started running".

This handout photo obtained on September 6, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Monahan via Twitter shows police responding to a shooting at a bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Carla Herreria contributed reporting.

A SWAT team and bomb squad investigators were searching Perez's apartment hours after the shooting in the hopes of learning more about him, but police didn't release any details about the search.

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