Four people are dead, including a gunman, following a shooting at a downtown Cincinnati, Ohio bank on Thursday morning, according to authorities. At least two others have been injured.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said a person began shooting at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building, according to the Associated Press. Then, according to Isaac, the gunman entered the bank’s lobby. It was there that police engaged in gunfire with the suspect.
"I heard about eight gunshots, and I actually got on my knees. I kind of got down on the ground and then all the cops started coming," witness James Walker told WLWT in Cincinnati. "I'm still shaking."
One of the victims died at the scene. It’s not clear how the shooter died.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the gunman had been "actively shooting innocent victims,” the Associated Press reported.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the shooting “senseless.”
“There was a senseless act of gun violence on the streets of Cincinnati this morning. I’ve spoken with the Mayor and informed him the state will provide any necessary resources to the local police,” Kasich said on Twitter. “I commend the law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel who swiftly responded to the scene and share my deepest sympathies with the innocent victims of this violent attack.”
One witness, Leonard Cain, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that a woman wearing headphones and holding a cellphone entered the bank while the shooting was in progress. He said she was shot. Overall, Cain said he heard about 15 shots.
This is a developing story.
[Photo: Associated Press]