Banker from Andhra Pradesh among three killed in Cincinnati bank shooting

Pruthviraj Kandepi, who hailed from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, was killed when Omar Enrique Santa Perez opened fire at the headquarters for the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square.
Pruthvi Raj Kandepi.
Pruthvi Raj Kandepi.

NEW YORK: A 25-year-old bank consultant from Tenali in Guntur district was shot dead in a shoot out in the headquarters of the Fifth Third Bank near Foundation Square in Downtown Cincinnati in United State, reports reaching here said.

Pruthvi Raj Kandepi was among three people killed when a gunman opened fire in the bank building on Thursday.

Kandepi was killed when 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez from the town of North Bend, Ohio, opened fire at the headquarters for the Fifth Third Bank.

The other two victims were identified as Luis Felipe Calderon, 48 and Richard Newcomer, 64.

Five people were shot, some multiple times, in the incident, they said, adding that the gunman felled in a shootout with officers.

India's Consul General in New York Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty told PTI that the Consulate is in touch with the police, Kandepi's family as well as members of the community.

Pruthivi Raj hails from of Tenali and staying at Cincinnati working as a consultant in the bank. His father Gopinadh is working as Deputy Executive Engineer in AP Housing Corporation of Vijayawada.

The family members were informed that Pruthvi Raj suffered multiple bullet injuries and died instantly in the shoot out.

The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) is making arrangement to send the body to India, sources said.

'Gunman was shot multiple times'

The gunman was shot multiple times as four police officers approached him and he died at the scene.

According to the Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, officers responded to a 911 call around 9:10 a.m. local time about an "active shooter" at the bank.

He had a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, Isaac said, adding that the gunman was not a former or current employee of the bank He had gone to several businesses before going to the bank, he said.

Omar Enrique Santa Perez had opened fire in the building's loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots, Isaac told reporters at a televised press conference.

(With inputs from Express News Service)

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