September 06, 2018 11:25 AM

Three innocent people were killed and two were injured after a gunman opened fire Thursday morning in the lobby of an office building in downtown Cincinnati, authorities announced.

The suspect, identified only as a male, is also dead. Officers responded to a call for the shooting at 9:10 a.m. and exchanged gunfire with the suspect but it was unclear how he died.

Cincinnati mayor John Cranley said at a press conference that the targets of the shooting — at Fifth Third Bank at 511 Walnut Street — appeared to be random and that “it didn’t appear to be a dispute between people.”

Cranley described the shooting as “a multiple shooting of innocent victims,” saying it was “horrific. Grotesque.”

John Minchillo/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The victims of the shooting have not been identified. Police Chief Elliot Isaac said police will notify their next of kin before their identifies are announced.


Cranley praised the quick response by police, saying officers did “a heroic job.”

John Minchillo/AP/REX/Shutterstock

“He was actively shooting innocent victims and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat very quickly,” he said, adding police saved “God knows how many lives.”

A spokeswoman from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center tells PEOPLE that of the four people transported to the hospital, two died, one is in critical condition and one is in serious condition.

John Minchillo/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The shooting follows less than two weeks after a mass shooting in Jacksonville at a video game tournament that killed two, and is the latest latest example of America’s endemic shootings.

It comes about less than two months after a shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland killed five people. A month before that, 10 people were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Three months before that, 17 people were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Addressing the shootings, Cranley said, “There’s something deeply sick at work here and we as a country have to deal with it.”

You May Like