A gunman opened fire at a bank building in the US city of Cincinnati Thursday, fatally wounding three people before police shot and killed him.
According to the authorities, the incident occurred after 9:00 am local time (1300 GMT) at the lobby and loading dock of the 30-story Fifth Third Bank building in the city’s downtown business district.
“An individual entered the loading dock area, began firing shots,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at a news conference.
The gunman then went to the lobby of the building, where a shootout ensued with the police who killed him, the chief said.
“At least three or four of our officers did engage the suspect,” Isaac said.
Three people died of their wounds and two others remained hospitalized even as the shooter’s identity or motive have yet to be released.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the shooting could have been “much worse,” had it not been for the quick response of police officers in the area.
“He was actively shooting innocent victims it appears,” Cranley said. “Police were there within seconds, literally.”
The office tower where the shooting occurred remained on lockdown more than an hour after the incident, as police swept the building and cordoned off a portion of the city’s downtown.