Four people dead after gunman opens fire in downtown Cincinnati (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
Four people died Thursday when a lone gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, began firing inside the building around 9:11 a.m., striking five victims before law enforcement arrived on scene. Four officers shot at Perez, killing him, Isaac said.
“Their bravery and heroic actions stopped this shooter before his rampage could cause more harm,” he told reporters during a news conference Thursday.
One victim died at the scene and two others succumbed to their injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Isaac said. Two others — including a woman shot 12 times — remain hospitalized.
Mayor John Cranley condemned the violence in a statement to reporters Thursday, saying “we as a country have to end it.”
“A fear that has plagued so many cities hit home today and it’s hard for it all to sink in, but it really did happen,” he said. “We will get through this together.”
Isaac said its unclear why Perez carried out the attack, though investigators are currently combing through evidence at his home in North Bend, approximately 15 miles west of downtown Cincinnati.
“There may be a possibility that