Cincinnati victims is not known links to gunman

Mourners hold hands during a vigil Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square near the site of Thursday’s fatal shooting. Suspect Omar Enrique Santa Perez was killed by the police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI – The three people shot in the lobby of a Cincinnati office building had no obvious connection to the shooter.

One was an old construction worker who was at work in the building. Another moved to Cincinnati a year ago to a better job with Fifth Third Bancorp. The youngest victim, 25, was an engineer from India.

Two others recovering from being shot and who remained in the hospital Saturday does not work there every day, but they were there for the meetings on Thursday morning.

The police still don’t know why the 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez began shooting randomly in the bank headquarters. Researchers say that he had never worked in the building or had a known association.



Richard Newcomer was a supervisor for the Gilbane Building Co. over the past three years and spent a large part of his life to the construction of projects in Cincinnati.

The 64-year-old supervision at work on the third floor, the company said.

“He built the city,” Mayor John Cranley said Friday after talking to the Newcomer woman. “The buildings in which we live and work, he helped build. He loved the city.”

Newcomer brother said in a statement that “Rick and the others affected were in the right place at the wrong time.”

“Words can not describe what I know for sure that we all feel,” said Larry Newcomer. “Rick was a fun loving family man … always ready with a joke.”



Prudhvi Kandepi came to the United States four years ago from India after graduating from the university and earned a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of California in Riverside.

He was working as a consultant for the bank.

“He has worked hard to be where he was a few days ago,” Yash Yeddulapalli, Kandepi’s college roommate, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “He had much of a career and he wanted to support his family.”

Kandepi, 25, was with his college friends during the Labor Day weekend on a journey he arranged to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. His friends said that he always wanted to make people happy.



Luis Calderon left his family in Miami a year ago to a better, more executive job at the bank, but he was trying to figure out how to return to Florida, his wife said.

Calderon, 48, was born in the United States, but he grew up in Colombia. He moved to Cincinnati about a year ago, because he thought it would benefit his two teenage children, Ana Maria Calderon said The Researcher.

“To help us all the more, he got a good job offer and it was a very difficult decision to make, because he let everything behind,” she said.

He wanted back his children, in the other a year or so, ” she said, once he had saved enough money.

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