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Lakshmi Sammarco, Coroner, Recognizes Cincinnati Shooting Victim

Lakshmi Sammarco, Coroner, Recognizes Cincinnati Shooting Victim

Cincinnati Police responds to shooting inside a bank in downtown, in this social media photo released in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 6, 2018. (Courtesy Cincinnati Police Department/Handout via Reuters)

Friday, 07 September 2018 01:26 PM

Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco recorgnized a victim of the Cincinatti shooting, who was one of three people killed by a gunman who began shooting in a downtown high-rise building before four officers all opened fire on him.

Sammarco had met 25-year-old Pruthvi Kandepi at a local Hindu temple. The two also shared the same hometown and language, Telugu. Sammarco posted Thursday on Facebook, asking how officials will explain to his parents "they will never see their son again because of a senseless shooting in a foreign country."

The local Telugu Association of North America office said they plan to help Kandepi's father. He wants his son's body to be taken back to India.

The other two victims were identified as Luis Calderon, 48, and Richard Newcomer, 64, a contractor who worked for Gilbane Building Company.

One of the people wounded was in fair condition Friday and another patient was in serious condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac says they will study footage from the officers' body cameras and security from the 30-story building that headquarters Fifth Third Bancorp. Police say the suspect had never worked at Fifth Third and don't have any information linking him to other businesses in the building.

Authorities believe that 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez has lived in the Cincinnati area since 2015. Police swarmed his apartment in North Bend, Ohio, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.

Isaac says the shooter used a 9 mm handgun with some 200 rounds of ammunition. Officers arrived in seconds to drop him in a hail of gunfire.

Authorities hope to have more information to release Friday.

Records show the shooter formerly lived in South Florida and had been charged with some non-violent crimes years ago.

His aunt, Yudy Martinez Perez, slumped against a kitchen wall and muttered denials after she heard the news, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Martinez Perez described him as "very quiet" and said he had been working various jobs but his family didn't know where.

Police said he went into a sandwich shop and possibly other businesses before entering the lobby and opening fire around 9:10 a.m.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the rapid police response probably prevented many more casualties. He said one investigator said it could have been "a bloodbath beyond imagination."

Leonard Cain told The Enquirer he was going into the bank when someone alerted him about the shooting. He said a woman wearing headphones didn't hear the warnings and walked into the bank and got shot.

Fountain Square is often the site of concerts, dancing, food trucks and other events around lunchtime or in the evenings.

"It could have been any one of us," Mayor John Cranley said. He praised police and other emergency personnel, saying, "It could have been much, much worse."

Gov. John Kasich ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in Hamilton County, and at the Statehouse, through Monday.

Seewer reported from Toledo.

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Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco recorgnized a victim of the Cincinatti shooting, who was one of three people killed by a gunman who began shooting in a downtown high-rise building before four officers all opened fire on him.
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