New York: A 25-year-old Indian man, identified as Pruthviraj Kandepi, was among three people killed in a shooting incident in a bank at Cincinnati in the US state of Ohio on Thursday. Police later shot the gunman, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29. Kandepi belonged to Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, news agency PTI reported.
The other two victims of Thursday’s shooting have been identified as 64-year-old Richard Newcomer and 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon.
Perez, a resident of North Bend, Ohio, reportedly opened fire in the Fifth Third Bank headquarters near Fountain Square in Cincinnati. It’s not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.
Sandeep Chakravorty, India’s Consul General in New York, told PTI that the consulate was in touch with the US police, Kandepi’s family and members of the community. He added that arrangements were being made for sending his body to India.
The Telugu Association of North America said Kandepi had been working as a consultant in the bank. Arrangements were being made to send his body to India, he added.
Of the three victims, one died on the spot. Two others were rushed to hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries, reports said.
Cincinnati police chief Eliot Isaac told the media that there could be “mental health issues involved here”. He, however, added that the probe was still in its initial stage.
Perez was said to be armed with around 200 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, Isaac said, as reported by news agency AFP.