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4 Dead, 2 Injured in Shooting at Cincinnati Bank

The shooter, who's among the dead, was killed following an exchange of gunfire with police.

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A shooter opened fire at a skyscraper in downtown Cincinnati this morning, killing three people and injuring at least two more. The suspect later died after exchanging gunfire with police.

The shooting occurred at the loading dock and lobby area of the Fifth Third Center, according to Fox News. The building serves as the corporate headquarters of Fifth Third Bank.

It's not clear what the shooter's motives were. "[The gunman] was actively shooting at innocent victims, it appears, and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said at a press conference. No officers were injured in the shooting.

The victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. One of the injured is in serious condition, while the other is in critical condition.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the shooter, but the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office told WLWT that police are currently searching the suspect's home in North Bend, Ohio.

Witnesses described the terrifying scene. Leonard Cain tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that he was about to walk into the bank until someone told him about the shooting. Passersby tried to similarly warn a woman not to enter the building, but she couldn't hear them over her headphones. "She walked in the door and he shot her," Cain says.

Some didn't have to see the shooter to know something was wrong."We did hear a gun shooting from the 29th floor," a manager at the bank tells WXIX. "We could quickly see there was a large police presence and could see them blocking Fountain Square. We knew immediately something was wrong. We're a bit rattled."

By the Enquirer's count—which defines "mass shooting" by the total number of victims, not the number of people killed—this is the 15th mass shooting in the area since 2013, and also the deadliest.

Photo Credit: Twitter/@CincyPD

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  • Hank Phillips||

    Now you've got me wondering about the definition of "in the area"

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    The NRA, and all the politicians it's bought, have (even more) blood on their hands.

    #GunSense
    #BanAssaultWeapons

  • perlchpr||

    This will undoubtedly be the refrain, despite the fact that the shooter will almost certainly not be an NRA member, and it's entirely possible they just used a handgun and not any sort of "Assault Weapon".

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Witnesses described the terrifying scene. Leonard Cain tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that he was about to walk into the bank until someone told him about the shooting. Passersby tried to similarly warn a woman not to enter the building, but she couldn't hear them over her headphones. "She walked in the door and he shot her," Cain says.

    Don't ban assault riffles. Ban headphones.

  • perlchpr||

    #WhiteHeadphonesEqualsMugMe

  • Ron||

    another shooting who cares

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    My sister used to live in Cincinnati, she used to call this oddly named outfit "One and two-thirds Bank".

  • Shirley Knott||

    I'm a customer and I finally asked.
    Fifth National bank bought/merged with Third National bank et voila — FifthThird.

  • Fats of Fury||

    They should change their name to 6.666666666666666666666666666666666........ Bank.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    I live in Wisconsin, but I work in Illinois. Fifth Third bank has a presence in Illinois as well. My thought has always been, "you could at leas be ambitious enough to be the first third bank".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "...our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said at a press conference.

    They were in the area shooting at an unrelated unarmed truant jaywalker.

  • Sevo||

    And his dog.

  • DesigNate||

    "It's not clear what the shooter's motives were."

    Just a wild guess, but maybe he was intending to rob the bank after he created a panic.

  • Muzzled Woodchipper||

    Ring that this is a major building in Cincinnati, and that it serves as their Corporate HQ, I'd wager that someone's House was in foreclosure and his life was falling apart.

  • DesigNate||

    Also very likely.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Saturday was the 1st of the month. Maybe he got angry at the funeral of one of the Pulse shooter's cousins.

  • Sam Grove||

    So he was in the bank shooting at people and not shooting at a skyscraper....?

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