Several Dead After Shooting in Downtown Cincinnati

Shooting incident reported in Cincinnati

Four people are dead, including the suspect, in a shooting at Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati Thursday morning. It's unclear if the gunman shot himself or was shot by officers, police said.

Cincinnati Police confirmed they were investigating an "active shooter/officer involved incident" at the 30-story building on Walnut Street, which houses the bank and several other companies, around 9:30 a.m.

According to officials with University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the hospital received a total of four victims: Three males and one female.

New security footage shows a gunman who killed three people in a downtown Cincinnati office high-rise firing randomly while carrying a briefcase with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Almost three hours after the incident, several streets in downtown Cincinnati remained closed to traffic.

Mayor John Cranley said the shooting could have been "much worse" had it not been for the quick response by cops in the area.

NBC5 reports that Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokesperson Suzanne Dabkowski announced that ATF officials are now at the bank after an armed suspect opened fire in the lobby and loading dock area at the Fifth Third Bank at 511 Walnut Street. He said a woman wearing headphones didn't hear the warnings and walked into the bank and got shot.

Witnesses said more than a dozen shots were fired.

The scene was announced as secure at around 9:15 a.m. ET, but there were multiple victims in the area of 511 Walnut Street, which is adjacent to the city's Fountain Square.

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People in and around the building reported hearing a series of gunshots.

Hamilton County deputies are searching the home where they believe the Fifth Third Center shooter lived, according to Lt. Dave Daugherty.

Witnesses tell me they heard 10-12 shots.

He then saw a woman who was also walking into the bank. Of those victims, two have died, one is in critical condition and one is in serious condition.

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

"We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen", said Amanda Nageleisen, UC Health spokeswoman.

Fifth Third Bank is one of Cincinnati's dominant financial institutions with 121 local branches. "The fear in her eyes is hard to forget", he said.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley credited police and firefighters for their heroic actions, running into the bank lobby to confront the shooter. "We as a country have to deal with it", Cranley added. "We didn't know where to go because we didn't have a backdoor", she told reporters.

Dozens of law enforcement officers and medics swarmed the scene.

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