Three other people were hospitalized, according to authorities. The gunman entered a loading dock and opened fire before entering the lobby of the building. Witnesses heard up to 15 shots fired. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said three or four police officers engaged the shooter, ending the threat. He said it “could have been much, much worse” if not for the immediate police response. No officers were injured. The gunman, who has not been identified, also died. It’s not known if the police killed him. Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised law enforcement Thursday.
Scene of the shooting
Officials from several agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI, were on the scene Thursday. The motive for the shooting is unclear. After shooting, streets and sidewalks around Fountain Square were closed. “People in the immediate vicinity should remain on lockdown until further notice,” Cincinnati police said in a tweet. The Fifth Third Center is a 30-story skyscraper that sits on the Fountain Square. “There’s something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said during a news conference. The incident is the 15th mass shooting (defined as having at least four victims) in the Cincinnati area since 2013.