3 killed in Cincinnati shooting inside bank

A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing at least three persons and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

By Reuters
  • Published 7.09.18
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New York: A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing at least three persons and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

The shooter began firing inside a loading dock at the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square, police said, before entering the lobby where he exchanged fire with law enforcement.

"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.

The city's police chief, Eliot Isaac, said he could not confirm local media reports that the gunman was a disgruntled employee of the bank, and said he had no information that the victims were targeted. No police officers were hurt, Isaac said.

Ebony Ginyard, who works at a Dunkin' Donuts in Fountain Square, said she and other workers and customers dropped to the floor when the shooting started. She said the gunman was so close that she could smell the gunpowder as he fired."All he had to is look over the counter at us and we would have been shot," Ginyard told reporters.