Mayor condemns gun violence after Cincinnati shooting
By Christen Smith
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley attending a city council meeting in March 2018. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP Photo)
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley condemned the country’s “plague of gun violence” after a deadly downtown shooting left four dead and two wounded Thursday.
“Random mass shootings, which plague our country, are not normal and we as a country cannot allow them to be normalized,” he said via Twitter. “Our country is the only first-world nation with this level of mass shootings. This is an American problem that we must solve as Americans by putting ideology last and human life first.”
Cranley expressed similar sentiments during an afternoon press conference, telling reporters “we will get through this together.”
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, began firing inside the lobby of Fifth Third Center around 9:11 a.m. Thursday, striking five victims before law enforcement arrived on scene. Four officers shot at Perez, killing him.
“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