Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, 29, shot a number of people at a bank headquarters on September 6, at the Fifth Third Center. Officer Jennifer Chilton and other cops are seen firing through a window to end the life of a killer who was loose in the lobby. “Shots! Shots! Shots!” exclaimed Chilton before firing her own weapon.
Gunfire was heard seemingly all around “before another cop on scene tells a dispatcher shots were fired and all officers are OK.” The stakes were high because the gunman was showing no signs of mercy nor of being able to be stopped in any other fashion.
“We need fire immediately,” Chilton stated as she tried to enter the building via the revolving doors.
Not shown in the video, which was just released, are first responders and others trying to help the wounded and dying, they are blacked out. However, a woman who was cowering for her life behind a desk is seen emerging once the area was properly secured by law enforcement.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said, “The fear you can see in her face is hard to forget, followed by a sense of gratitude that the cavalry arrived” during a news conference.
Regrettably, bank worker employee Luis Calderon, 48, perished in the gunfire. The same thing happened to “Richard Newcomer, 64, a contractor; and Prudhvi Kandepi, 25, an engineer who worked as a consultant for the bank.” As grim as that is, things could have been far worse.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said that the killer’s gun jammed as he was carrying out his attack, a blessing for those who were desperate to save their lives.
The whole melee only lasted about four minutes and it has been established that the 9mm used in the needless assault was purchased legally.
The county coroner, Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, stated that Santa-Perez was “a guy who was intent on killing as many people as he could. And he had one weapon, but a whole lot of rounds of ammunition. He didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger, empty his clip, reload, and do it again and again and again.”
Some people would call it a miracle that the weapon jammed while others will certainly be praying for the families of those three who died.
If nothing else, at least those in Cincinnati know that their police force is able to act within four minutes of an attack, and that may be the only solace that they get as the healing begins.