Multiple people wounded in active shooting in downtown Cincinnati

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A gunman opened fire at a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, fatally wounding three people, law enforcement officials said. The suspect was also killed.

The unidentified shooter began spraying bullets at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building, Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac said at a news conference.

The gunman then went into the bank’s lobby, where he exchanged gunfire with police officers, Isaac said. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was shot dead by officers or fatally shot himself.

Authorities did not provide details on the suspected shooter’s identity or motive. A weapon was recovered from the scene, Isaac said.

John Cranley, the city’s mayor, said the violence “could have been much, much worse” were if not for the rapid response of police, adding that officers appeared to be on the scene within “seconds.”

He thanked first responders for doing a “heroic job.”

“It’s heartbreaking. This is not normal, and it shouldn’t be viewed at normal,” Cranley said, adding that “there is something deeply sick at work here” and the country needs to reckon with gun violence.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted that he had been in touch with local officials about what he described as a “senseless act.”

A weapon was recovered from the scene.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.