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25-Year-Old From Andhra Pradesh Among 3 Killed In Bank Shooting In US's Cincinnati

| September 7 , 2018 , 10:52 IST

A 25-year-old Indian man, identified as Pruthviraj Kandepi from Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district was among 3 people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bank building in the Cincinnati city of US's Ohio state on Thursday. The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez was shot dead by the police arriving at the scene.

The shooting took place at the headquarters for the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati where Perez began shooting at innocent people before police shot him dead. A total of 5 people were shot, out of which one person died at the scene and 2 others died at the hospital.

According to investigators, Perez had legally purchased the 9mm semi-automatic pistol which was recovered from the site of the incident, and he was also carrying around 200 rounds of ammunition to the bank. He opened fire at the building's loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots.

An official of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) said that Kandepi worked at the bank as a consultant and that arrangements were being made to send his body back to India.

The other two victims killed in the shooting are 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon and 64-year-old Richard Newcomer. The gunman is not a current or former employee of the bank and no motive has so far been identified.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in a statement to media said that the suspect was "actively shooting innocent victims" in a random manner.

"Random mass shootings, which plague our nation, are not normal and we as a country can't allow them to be normalized," Craley said.

The Fifth Third Bank later issued an official statement on the incident and said, "Earlier today, an active shooter entered our headquarters building in downtown Cincinnati. The situation is contained and the shooter is no longer a threat. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this terrible event. We continue to work with law enforcement as we ensure the safety of our employees and customers. We are grateful for the support and concerns from our neighbors throughout Cincinnati and the country."