Slain suspect, victims identified in Cincinnati shooting


CINCINNATI (AP) — Police have identified the slain suspect and the victims in a downtown Cincinnati high-rise shooting that left three other people dead and two more wounded.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac says authorities don’t know why 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez opened fire at the 30-story headquarters of Fifth Third Bancorp. Isaac says police believe he’s lived in the Cincinnati area since 2015.

He says the suspect carried a 9mm handgun and carried an estimated 200 rounds or more of ammunition.

Our friends at WLWT report that the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identities of the three victims.

25-year-old Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 64-year-old Richard Newcomer, and  48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderón were all killed by Santa Perez.

Police say four officers opened fire on Santa Perez, who dropped to the floor and was dead at the scene. Isaac says police are still investigating, including searching his apartment home some 15 miles west of Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters tells WLWT-TV that the rapid police response likely prevented many more casualties. He says officers immediately charged toward the sound of gunfire coming from the Fifth Third Bancorp’s 30-story headquarters along Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.

He says an investigator told him the suspect had enough ammunition to cause “a bloodbath beyond imagination.”

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