Police revealed that the gunman who carried out a deadly gunfight at a Cincinnati bank had a long list of low-level offense incidents in several US cities. While his shocked neighbors describe him as lonely and bitter.
Omar Enrique Santa Perez was identified by police as the man who opened fire at the Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati around 9:10 am Thursday, killing three and wounding two others before being shot dead by agents they responded
Family members say the 29-year-old man had lived in Cincinnati since at least 2015, and was a US citizen born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Cincinnati.com described how the aunt of alleged gunman Yudy Martinez Perez broke down crying on the kitchen floor of his home in Forest Park on Thursday afternoon when he learned that his nephew was the shooter who took three lives in the Fifth Third Center.
I do not know why. I do not know why, "said Martinez, who speaks only limited English, about the attack.
The police have also been fighting to identify the mysterious motive of the gunman.
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Police identified Omar Enrique Santa Perez as the man who opened fire at the Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing three people and wounding two others before being shot dead by agents who responded. Police revealed that Perez had a long background sheet dotted with low-level crimes in several cities in the United States.
Santa Perez opened fire on the lobby and cargo dock of Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati around 9:10 am, according to police. The bullet holes are seen in the hall glass door
Martinez described his sister's son as "very quiet", adding that he had had several jobs and was currently working in the city of Ohio, but that the family did not know where.
At one point, Santa Perez had been living in his basement.
Police have said there are records that Santa Perez has lived throughout the country, including in South Carolina, Florida and Ohio. He recently lived in the suburb of Cincinnati in North Bend.
Social media indicates that he may have attended Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, but the school has not confirmed his enrollment.
Cincinatti.com reports that Santa Perez has a criminal record consisting primarily of low-level infractions, such as entering or refusing to leave the facility in Greenville, South Carolina; possession of marijuana in Palm Beach, Florida; traffic infractions in Lake Worth, Florida; traffic infractions in Deerfield Beach, Florida; and disorderly conduct in Coconut Creek, Florida.
He also received a ticket for driving with an expired license plate in Cincinnati in 2015.
Several residents of the North Bend apartment complex, Santa Perez, who reportedly lived described the 29-year-old as "lonely and bitter," expressing surprise at the shooting.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the gun that Santa Perez used to carry out the attack was purchased legally at a press conference on Thursday morning.
A woman is comforted by authorities stationed outside the emergency room at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after a shooting in downtown Cincinnati that left four dead
Police searched the North Bend apartment complex where Santa Perez reportedly lived.
Another resident of the complex, Karen Rose, was surprised to hear that one of her neighbors was responsible for the deadly carnage.
"It's disturbing to think that someone like that lived here," Rose told Cincinnati.com behind the three-story brick building. – Obviously it was not who I thought it was. Something went wrong in his head & # 39;
Other residents described Santa Perez, who moved six months ago, as an "increasingly bitter and lonely man," according to the news site.
Neighbor Steve Conner said he often saw Perez "walking down the street, looking pissed off at everyone."
Another resident Christina Fischer said: & # 39;[Perez] kind of hide when you climb the stairs. He did not want anyone close to him.
Fischer claimed that a woman had been living with the 29-year-old boy until a few weeks ago.
Several residents noticed that Perez's Green Subaru had collapsed months ago, and that from time to time he made a three-mile walk to the nearby town of Addyston, where there is a bus stop in Cincinnati.
All residents of Cincinnati.com talking agreed that the revelry was very unexpected.
"I can not believe I'm going to do something like that, or someone would do something like that," Fischer said.
There are yellow signs of evidence dotting the lobby floor of the bank's headquarters
Police in Cincinnati are on the scene of an active shooter situation with four deaths, including the gunman, and two injured victims in Fifth Third Bank
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said officers will study images of body cameras and the safety of officers from the 30-story building that is based at Fifth Third Bancorp.
Police say the suspect never worked at Fifth Third and has no information linking him to other building companies.
The 9mm semiautomatic pistol Perez used to carry out the attack before being gunned down by the officers who responded seems to have been legally acquired, Isaac said.
Officials said the result of the attack could have been even more tragic if it were not for the actions of the police officers who responded, since Perez was armed with several magazines and 200 rounds of ammunition.
WLWT revealed that Perez was wearing a business suit when he somehow headed to the bank's loading dock, after visiting several nearby stores, including the Potbelly sandwich shop located in the same building as the bank.
Isaac said Perez never worked at Fifth Third Bank and that he had no other obvious link to the office building.
According to the chief, investigators have so far found no evidence that it was an act of terror, but Isaac raised the possibility that Perez had mental health problems.
An area is cordoned off with police tape near the busy Fountain Square in Cincinnati on Thursday morning
Two people were transferred in critical condition to UC Medical Center on Thursday morning
The incident began to develop at 9.10 a.m. when a 911 call was received when reporting shots at the bank.
Isaac said that Perez entered the loading dock in the building and opened fire, then went to the lobby of Fifth Third Bank, where four police officers confronted him three minutes later and shot him several times, killing him.
Just before 1:00 p.m., the police executed a search warrant in an apartment building in Northbend, Ohio, which is believed to be connected to the bank's shooter.
A neighbor told the WLWT station that the person in question had moved into the building a day or two ago.
The mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, said that the gunman was "actively shooting innocent victims". and that it was a & horrific & # 39; scene.
He noted that the Fountain Square building houses popular ice cream parlors, sandwiches and patisseries.
He said that "it could have been much, much worse" had it not been for the immediate police response to end the threat.
"This is not normal, and should not be seen as normal," the mayor told reporters, adding that the United States is the only industrialized country with frequent incidents of active shooting. "We as a country have to deal with that," Cranley added.
Pedestrians can get out of the police lanes while emergency personnel and police work at the site of the shooting near Fountain Square.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley speaks to the media on Thursday morning
Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters told WHIO that the gunman had enough ammunition to kill 30-40 people, but the police who responded to the scene three minutes after receiving the first 911 call could neutralize him by shooting him through the glass lobby window.
One witness told the newspaper that he saw a woman entering the Fifth Third Bank with headphones on and the gunman was shooting at her.
Other passers-by reported later that they saw a woman being pulled out of the building soaked in blood and lying on a concrete slab by police officers.
Councilman Chris Seelbach revealed in a tweet that the survivor of the attack is from Louisville, Kentucky, and that he suffered a dozen bullet wounds all over his body.
This photo taken on September 6, 2018 courtesy of Jeremy Monahan via Twitter shows a view from a window that dominates the shooting scene crisscrossed with police tape
Emergency personnel and police respond to the shooting near Fountain Square on Thursday
Governor John Kasich, a Republican, also addressed the tweet shooting this morning
Erick Kearney, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky, shared a spooky photo on Twitter that shows the first responders turning a bloody, almost naked man on a stretcher to an ambulance.
The photo suggests that the man suffered a bullet wound to the head. At least two ambulances were seen leaving the scene.
Both injured victims were taken to the Medical Center of the University of Cincinnati, WLWT reported. The condition of the male survivor has been updated from serious to fair.
No police officer was injured in the fatal incident on Thursday. Federal agents were on the scene.
The streets around the building in the Plaza de la Fuente of the city were closed, as were the sidewalks.
The police completed their search of the crime scene around 11 a.m., reported Fox 19.
Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, tweeted that he and his team are following the situation since Cincinnati.
& # 39; If you are in the city center, follow the instructions of the first responders for the safety of all involved. Jane and I hope for a peaceful resolution soon, "the tweet said.
Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, also addressed the tweet shooting this morning, describing the incident as a "senseless act of armed violence on the streets of Cincinnati."