Multiple people were shot Thursday morning (Sept. 6) in downtown Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Officials say there are fatalities. (Stock image, ThinkStock) (Brian Jackso)
4 total dead, 5 injured two critically in Downtown Cincinnati shooting
Four are dead including the shooter and several injured in what dispatch called an "active shooter" situation in Downtown Cincinnati at the Fountain Square Fifth Third location.
The scene was announced as secure at about 9:15 a.m., but there were multiple victims in the area of 511 Walnut Street.
One victim was located at 5th and Walnut streets, according to police. Another victim was located inside the nearby Graeter's ice cream shop.
Three men and one woman were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, hospital officials said. One has died, two are in critical condition and one is in serious condition. Each suffered gunshot wounds, officials said.
Radio traffic indicated other victims may have been transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Capt. Jeff Butler said no more victims will be brought to the UCMC emergency room.
Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted "multiple shot, and tragically there are fatalities." He also said the gunman is suspected to be dead.
Terrible shooting incident in the heart of our city this morning. Multiple shot, and tragically there are fatalities. Details still emerging. Pray for our city.
— P.G. Sittenfeld (@PGSittenfeld) September 6, 2018City Councilman Chris Seelbach also tweeted that two people are dead as a result of the shooting. He said one is the shooter. "The number of victims may increase to five," he said.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooting took place in the loading dock and lobby of Fifth Third tower. Isaac said three or four police officers engaged the shooter, ending the threat.
"There's something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said.
A witness to the shooting said there were at least three people injured in the shooting.
Leonard Cain was going back inside the bank when someone alerted him of the shooting. He said a woman was also walking into the bank and people tried to get her attention but she had headphones on.
"She walked in the door and he shot her," Cain told The Enquirer.
Cain said he heard up to 15 shots fired.
Other witnesses said saw at least two people on stretchers being loaded into ambulances on 5th Street in front of Greater’s.
Zach Fritzhand, who works on the second floor of the Westin hotel building, said the people he saw on the stretchers were not moving.
“There was definitely a lot of blood involved,” he said.
Michael Richardson, who works in the Fifth Third Bank building, was just outside the main doors on Fountain Square, smoking a cigarette when he heard gunshots.
He saw a man firing a gun inside the bank lobby.