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Coroner: Gunman wanted to kill as many people as he could’

FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2017 file photo, Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco speaks during a press conference about the circumstances surrounding the death of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier at the Hamilton County Coroner office in Cincinnati. Sammarco describes the shooter in the fatal shooting in downtown Cincinnati, on Sept. 6, 2018, as determined to kill as many people as he could.” They reported on Tuesday, Sept. 11, on autopsy findings of the Fifth Third Bank building shootings, says the shooter in a 9 mm pistol, fired both standard bullets and hollow-point bullets, which often cause more harm to organs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI – The county coroner on Tuesday described the gunman in the fatal shooting in downtown Cincinnati, as determined to kill “as many people” as possible, without hesitation and said that she had met one of the victims.

Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco reported on autopsy findings of the Fifth Third Bank building shootings last Thursday. She said that the gunman who, in a 9 mm pistol fired standard bullets and hollow-point bullets, which often cause more harm to organs.

A Fifth Third Bancorp employee and two contractors were killed before the police killed the 29-year-old shooter. Sammarco said the shooter died by a shotgun blast to his head.

They said one killed the victim had a single gunshot wound, another had four, and the other seven are. Two people survived their injuries, including a Fifth Third vice-president, who remains in the hospital with at least 12 shots.

Sammarco had viewed video of the shooting, what she said was: “really hard to watch” and has haunted her thoughts.

She described Omar Enrique Santa Perez as “a man who was intent on killing as many people as he could. And he had a weapon, but a whole lot of rounds of ammunition. He didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger, empty the clip, reload, and do it again and again and again.”

The police are still investigating why he attacked in the building that was the headquarters Fifth Third. Sammarco said her office is awaiting some lab results.

The shooter wore a 250 rounds of ammunition. The police felled him less than 5 minutes after he started shooting.

Sammarco said on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, it is suitable for the marking of the quick, heroic work of first responders in Cincinnati who said they saved “many, many lives.” Hamilton County coroner wore a new “Cincy Strong” T-shirt.

Sammarco had met Prudhvi Kandepi, 25, killed Fifth Third the contractor, at a local Hindu temple. The two were both of Tenali, India, and spoke the same language, Telugu. They met Tuesday with friends of him, and the local Telugu Association of North America office helps return the body to its area.

“I can’t even imagine what they are going through,” Sammarco said of his family and friends.

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