Bank shooting leaves four dead
FOUR people were killed, including the gunman, and several injured Thursday morning after he opened fire at a bank in downtown Cincinnati, according to reports.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building at Fountain Square before he entered the lobby.
It was unclear if the gunman shot himself or was shot by police. The scene was declared secure at about 9.15 am (11:15pm AEST).
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the gunman was "actively shooting innocent victims" and that it was a "horrific" scene.
Police said there were several victims in the area of 511 Walnut St. in the city's central business district, a few blocks from Great American Ball Park along the Ohio River.
One victim was located at Fifth and Walnut streets, while another was discovered inside a nearby Graeter's ice cream shop, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Three men and one woman were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with gunshot wounds, hospital officials said.
Zach Fritzhand, who works nearby, said he saw several people on stretchers who were not moving.
"There was definitely a lot of blood involved," he told the Enquirer.
Michael Richardson, who works in the Fifth Third Bank building, was just outside the main doors when he heard gunshots and saw a man firing inside the lobby.
"I looked behind me and saw the guy - he shot and then he shot again. After that I started running. I went around to the north side of the building and sat down," he said.
Richardson added that he saw a cop dragging a bleeding woman out of the bank lobby.
The FBI sent agents to the scene to assist Cincinnati police.
"Fountain Square and the surrounding area will be closed to foot traffic," police said.
University of Cincinnati Medical Center hospital officials said they received four people suffering gunshot wounds.
"Our physicians and staff are focused on caring for the patients and their families. We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen," Amanda Nageleisen, UC Health spokeswoman, said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all involved."
While Twitter immediately reacted with thoughts for the victims and their families, they were just as quick to comment on yet another shooting in the United States.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the mass shooting in Cincinnati today. Gun violence is a public health issue.— Hamilton Co. Health (@HamCoHealth) September 6, 2018
I sit in the hospital seeing the new life of my son.— Austin Livingood (@mrlivingood) September 6, 2018
I also sit in the hospital and see the loss of life from the Fountain Square shooting.
Praying for the victims a part of this senseless act, for solutions in gun violence and for hope in the City of Cincinnati.
Mass shooting in [insert name of American city here] leaves [insert number of casualties here] dead.#Cincinnati— Dead Sea Squirrel (@the_ns) September 6, 2018
Authorities say at least three are dead and several others injured in a shooting in downtown Cincinnati. The suspected shooter is among the dead.— ❌ Bernie ❌ (@PatrioticBernie) September 6, 2018
Can we blame the #NRA here too?
I mean.. only law abiding gun owners shoot up banks and schools and video game venues, right? https://t.co/AKhEKhoxk7
I know it's opening day of football, but there was another shooting in Cincinnati that left three dead.— Blake Van Poucke (@SoldierFieldBlg) September 6, 2018
Notice that no one is even aware of this news today. This is where we are at as a nation. Mass shootings aren't even front page news anymore