6 September 2018
A shooting at a bank in the US state of Ohio has left four people dead, including the gunman, police have said.
The incident happened early on Thursday morning at the Fifth Third Bank building in Cincinnati city centre.
One of the victims died at the scene and three men and one woman were taken to hospital, where two died.
The other two remain in hospital, one in a critical condition and the other serious.
It is understood that three or four officers responded almost immediately. One witness told FOX19 she heard about 20 shots before the store she was in was put on lockdown.
No police officers were hurt, ABC News affiliate WLOX reported.
Eliot Issac, the area’s police chief, said the gunman initially opened fire at a loading bay just before 9.10am local time and then entered the
bank’s lobby where there was an exchange of gunfire.
Confirming the gunman died in the shootout, he added: “The shooter is deceased. We also have five additional victims that sustained injuries. Of those five, we have received word that three of those five are deceased.
“It is a very horrific situation. We are in the very early stages and are beginning an investigative process.”
At this stage, the attacker’s motive is unclear.