Police have identified Omar Enrique Santa Perez as the man responsible for the shooting at the Fifth Third Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 6. As a result of the shooting, three people were killed, five people were injured and Perez is also dead.
Reports indicate that during the shooting, there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the suspect in the lobby and the loading dock of the bank. Reports of the shooting came in around 9 a.m. local time. No police officers were injured.
After the shooting was contained, police worked to sweep the building, which is located in downtown Cincinnati.
Lt. Steve Saunders clarified that Omar Enrique Santa Perez was not a current or former employee of Fifth Third Bank.
John Cranley, the Mayor of Cincinnati, released the following statement:
“First and foremost, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Cincinnati’s finest police and firefighters acted swiftly and courageously, and we are indebted to their heroic service. They clearly prevented a much worse tragedy and loss of life.
Random mass shootings, which plague our Nation, are not normal and we as a Country can’t allow them to be normalized. Our Country is the only first-world nation with this level of mass shootings. This is an American problem, that we as Americans must solve by putting ideology last and human life first.
Please join me in praying for the victims, praying for our Country and join me in this fight to end senseless gun violence. Our hearts are broken today.”
Rob Portman, an Ohio Senator, also took to Twitter to address the shooting:
My staff and I are following the situation in Cincinnati. If you’re downtown, please follow first responder instructions for the safety of everyone involved. Jane and I hope for a peaceful resolution soon.
Fifth Third Bank also released the following statement on Twitter:
Fifth Third would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the first responders in today’s tragic situation. Their rapid response prevented additional loss of life.
Fifth Third Bank, which is ranked 389th on the Fortune 500, is a bank headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio at Fifth Third Center. It is the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, a bank holding company. The bank operates 1,154 branches and 2,469 automated teller machines.