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Police respond to a shooting in Cincinnati

Image Police respond to a shooting in Cincinnati. Pic Cincinnati Police Department

At least three people have been killed and two others injured after a gunman opened fire at a bank headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to officials.

A gunman opened fire in a bank building in the United States city of Cincinnati on Thursday (Sep 6), killing three people and sending terrified bystanders diving for cover, before police shot and killed him.

Police believe Perez was armed with some 200 rounds of ammunition and a legally-bought 9mm semi-automatic handgun when he entered the lobby of the 30-story building, Isaac said.

A police officer comforts a woman outside UCMC ER following an active shooter situation in downtown Cincinnati.

The scene was announced as secure at around 9:15 a.m. ET, but there were multiple victims; one was found in the area of 511 Walnut Street, which is adjacent to the city's Fountain Square.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says two other victims were injured. Cranley said the shooting "could have been much, much worse" if not for the immediate police response to end the threat.

The shooting occurred at the loading dock and lobby area of the Fifth Third Center, according to Fox News. He said a woman wearing headphones didn't hear the warnings and walked into the bank and got shot.

The Enquirer also reports that bystanders said they heard "perhaps as many as 12" gunshots.

The incident happened early on Thursday morning at the Fifth Third Bank building in Cincinnati city centre. Thursday afternoon, the hospital shared an update that one patient had been upgraded to fair condition, while another was still in critical condition.

No motive had immediately been determined.

Mayor John Cranley spoke during the press conference, saying the whole ordeal is heartbreaking.

"We as a country have to deal with it", Cranley said.

"All he had to do was look over the counter at us and we would have been shot", Ginyard told reporters, adding she saw the shooter reload his pistol.

Five victims were shot at the Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square Thursday morning.

"At least three or four of our officers did engage the suspect", Isaac said.

McDonald says his co-workers were told to stay in place and that he saw two men wheeled out on stretchers.

"Then we knew what was going on", Hanson said. "After that, I started running", Richardson said. Multiple shot, and tragically there are fatalities.

The Fountain Square often hosts concerts, dancing, food trucks and other events around lunchtime or in the evenings and is neighbored by a hotel, restaurants and retail shops.

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