The South Asian Times

15 July 2019 22:05 PM

Finance consultant from Andhra Pradesh among 3 killed in Cincinnati bank shooting


New York: A 25-year-old Indian man was among three people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bank building in Cincinnati before police shot him dead on Thursday.

Pruthviraj Kandepi, who belonged to Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district, 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 near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, police said.

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

An official of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) said that Kandepi was working with the bank as a consultant. Arrangements were being made to send his body to India, he added.

The two other victims of the Cincinnati bank shooting were identified as 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon and 64-year-old Richard Newcomer.

Five people were shot, some multiple times, in the incident, they said, adding that the gunman was killed in a shootout with the police. (PTI)

Update: 14 Sep, 2018