Four dead after gunman opens fire in downtown Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – A gunman opened fire in a downtown office building Thursday, killing three people and wounding two more before he was fatally shot, police said.

Police said that officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but it was not immediately clear if they shot him or he killed himself.

No motive for the carnage had immediately been determined.

“Terrible shooting incident in the heart of our city this morning,” City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld  tweeted. “Multiple shot, and tragically there are fatalities. Details still emerging. Pray for our city.”

A phalanx of police officers and ambulances rushed to the scene at the Fifth Third Center, a 30-story building in the heart of downtown, during the morning rush. Four victims were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Gov. John Kasich and Ohio’s senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, said they were monitoring the situation.

“There was a senseless act of gun violence on the streets of Cincinnati this morning,” Kasich said. “I’ve spoken with the mayor and informed him the state will provide any necessary resources to the local police.

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