Body camera, surveillance video could reveal clues in downtown Cincinnati shooting


At age 25, programmer Pruthvi Kandepi (left) was the youngest of the three victims shot dead at Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday.

The gunman was among dozens of people visiting stores, business offices, hotels and eateries in Fountain Square on Thursday morning.

The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, opened fire at around 9:10 AM after entering the lobby of a 30-storey building.

Isaac said Perez was armed with a Taurus 9 mm handgun that investigators believe he legally purchased from a local gun store on August 2.

He did not hear the shots, he said, but he saw emergency responders wheeling out victims on stretchers. Servatii Bakery manager Jaenetta Cook said she hurried to lock the door after the first two shots were fired.

The shooting happened near Cincinnati's landmark Fountain Square.

Cotter said Newcomer had worked for Gilbane, which has headquarters in Rhode Island and has two offices in OH, for four years, overseeing trade workers.

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Gov. John Kasich and Ohio's senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, said they were monitoring the situation.

"He was actively shooting innocent victims, it appears, and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat very quickly", Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told a news conference. He then proceeded into the lobby of the office tower, where he died in a confrontation with police.

Officers approaching the building could hear multiple gunshots ringing out, which "enabled the officers to pinpoint the shooter's location", Isaac said. I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming.

Police and city officials said there could have been more victims if the shooter's gun hadn't malfunctioned and if police hadn't been nearby. Police say the suspect had never worked at Fifth Third and don't have any information linking him to other businesses in the building. Another moved to Cincinnati a year ago to take a better job with Fifth Third Bancorp.

People were also asked to avoid the area around Fountain Square. Longtime friends of the computer engineer and consultant from India, who lived in Cincinnati the past two years, told WCPO he deserves to be remembered for more than the way he died.

Police earlier characterized it as an "active shooter/officer involved shooting incident" in a tweet, but did not elaborate. "That's not what our city is", Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter.

Perez's aunt said her nephew held various jobs and was now working, though his aunt and her family did not know where.