Three individuals had been killed in a taking pictures in a downtown Cincinnati workplace tower on Thursday morning, the police chief mentioned.
The gunman was additionally lifeless, Chief Eliot Isaac informed reporters. Two individuals had been wounded, he mentioned.
The authorities acquired a name round 9:10 a.m. about photographs fired on the Fifth Third Center constructing, Chief Isaac mentioned. He mentioned the police believed that the gunman entered by a loading dock and started firing. The gunman then moved into one of many constructing’s two lobbies and was “engaged” by a number of officers, he mentioned.
Chief Isaac mentioned the officers and the gunman exchanged gunshots. “Everything transpired” within the foyer and loading dock, he mentioned, and the gunman didn’t make it to the higher flooring of the constructing.
The authorities haven’t recognized the gunman or offered a motive. Mayor John Cranley mentioned the authorities had not but recognized the victims.
The gunman “was actively shooting innocent victims, it appeared,” Mr. Cranley mentioned.
About 3,000 individuals work within the tower, which rises 31 flooring above the Fountain Square space, the downtown enterprise district within the metropolis of about 298,000.
The tower homes the company headquarters for Fifth Third Bancorp, the regional financial institution holding firm that controls Fifth Third Bank, which has a department adjoining the tower.
Laura Trujillo, a spokeswoman for Fifth Third Bancorp, declined to reply questions on whether or not the gunman was recognized to the corporate or whether or not the victims had been staff or affiliated with it. “We are working with the authorities,” she mentioned.
The tower has two lobbies, one with entry to Fountain Square and the opposite that opens onto Walnut Street. Four retail meals companies hire area within the lobbies, that are separated inside by a financial institution of elevators. The loading dock is on Walnut Street.
Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, called the shooting “a senseless act of gun violence” and commended the authorities who responded. He mentioned the state would supply any obligatory assets to the native police.
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter that it was such a “sick, tragic way for this day to begin.”
“The scourge of gun violence leaves only loss,” he mentioned.
This is a growing story. Check again for updates.