Neighbor remembers Cincinnati shooting victim as family man

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CINCINNATI, Ohio(WDTN)- After shots rang out in downtown Cincinnati, an investigation quickly got underway. Police point at 29-year-old Omar Perez as the shooter who died in a fire fight. 

Investigators swarmed the apartment building where they believed he lived on Miami Avenue in North Bend. 

Resident of the building Karen Rose said she on her way home from work when she found out a bomb squad was combing through her building. “I don’t know what to think. There’s good and bad everywhere. For the most part this is a pretty peaceful place,” Rose said.

While one neighbor inside the building said Perez was friendly with her, another said that was not his experience. 

“(I would see him) just walking up and down the street, a lot of times just looking at the ground. Or standing at the corner by the stop sign. I tried saying ‘hi’ to him a couple times but he never did answer,” the neighbor said.

Police said Perez took the lives of three people including 64-year-old Richard Newcomer. His neighbors have fond memories of him. 

“(He was) a very, very, nice person. I wave to him everyday as we go up and down the road. I see him with his grand kids all the time,” Tonya Branscum said. 

Neighbors for 16 years, Branscum said Newcomer’s grandchildren meant the world to him. 

“Always out with them, riding bikes or what have you around the neighborhood. I really feel for them,” Branscum said.

25-year-old Pruthvi Raj Kandepi was also identified as a victim. The Hamilton County Coroner said on her Facebook page that his parents live outside the country and that she’s met him at a Hindu temple in Cincinnati. 

2 News is working to learn more about the third victim 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon. 

While no hazardous materials were found in Perez’s home during Thursday afternoon’s search, police were seen bringing possible evidence out of the home. They may be clues that could help solve many unanswered questions behind Perez’s motive.

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