Cincinnati police release body cam footage of downtown shooting

Four people died Thursday when a lone gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati. (Photo: Anne Saker/The Cincinnati Enquirer)

The Cincinnati Police Department released body camera footage of a downtown shooting that claimed four lives last week.

In two separate videos, officers can be see approaching the Fifth Third Center as gunshots ring in the background.

During a press conference with reporters Friday, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said three people died and two more sustained injuries after 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez began firing outside the building around 9:11 a.m. Thursday. Four officers shot at Perez, killing him inside the building lobby.

One victim died at the scene and two others succumbed to their injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Isaac said. Two others — including a woman shot 12 times — remain hospitalized. Law enforcement identified the deceased as Richard Newcomer, 64; Prudhui Raj Kandepi, 25; and Luis Calderon, 48.

So far, investigators have yet to reveal a motive. Isaac wouldn’t confirm reports that Perez — who arrived downtown dressed in business attire with a brief case slung over his shoulder containing 200 rounds of ammunition — was a former disgruntled employee or was headed to a federal courthouse.

“We really could find no other motive or connection to that location,” he said.

Police also released images of Perez’s 9mm handgun used in the attack and the brief case where he stored his ammo. He fired 35 rounds, according to police.


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