Whitney Austin, arrives from Louisville for a meeting, walked right in the line of fire in the Thursday bank shoot in Cincinnati. She was shot 12 times but survived.
After surviving 12 bullet wounds on Thursday in a fatal shooting in Cincinnati, a bank employee visiting from Kentucky, says she is grateful for the help they received at the scene.
“I am so grateful for the paramedics and first responders and the doctors, nurses and staff at UC Medical,” said Whitney Austin, 37, who stayed in the hospital in stable condition Friday.
“I am so grateful for the paramedics and first responders and the doctors, nurses and staff at UC Medical.”
– Whitney Austin, 37, who was shot 12 times in Cincinnati on Thursday
Austin walked into a Fifth Third bank and directly in the line of fire when a gunman killed three people injured and two, including her, Louisville FOX station WDRB-TV reported.
A Louisville woman is recovering after injuries on Thursday, bank shoot in downtown Cincinnati: https://t.co/QHxK0MwzR8 pic.twitter.com/8lQZj2kTuM
— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) September 7, 2018
“I’m still processing the events of yesterday, is the impact on the victims, for me and the community. And I’m thinking about how I can make a difference in the future,” Austin told the station.
Austin, a senior product manager for digital lending for Fifth Third in Lousiville, specifically thanked two police officers who rushed to her aid, the report said.
She and another victim, not yet identified, were injured in the shooting, police shot and killed the suspect.
The Hamilton County Coroner’s office identified those killed in the attack, Pruthvi Kandepi, 25; Luis Calderon, 48; and Richard Newcomer, 64.
According to the police, all three men were killed when the suspect, identified as Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, opened fire on the 30-story headquarters of the Fifth Third Bancorp.
Newcomer, one of the three killed, was a contractor who worked for Gilbane Building Co. His wife, Cynthia Newcomer, told Cincinnati.com he worked in construction around the city for more than 30 years.
“He built this city. The buildings in which we live and work, he helped build.”
– John Cranley, mayor of Cincinnati
“He built this city. The buildings in which we live and work, he helped build,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told the newspaper.
Company spokesman Wes Cotter described the Newcomer as a good employee, and struggled to describe how the sadness of his colleagues.
Calderon, who also died by gunfire, moved to Cincinnati to a better life for his family, Cincinnati.com reported.
“He was working at the bank,” wife Ana Maria Calderon, in tears, told the newspaper. “He moved a year ago to Cincinnati to do a better job. He thought that it would be better for the children.”
Luis Calderon (L), 48, was killed in the line of fire in the Cincinnati shoot.
(Angela Almaguer via GoFundMe)
The Calderons married in Colombia and have two children.
“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. … And this has happened.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.
4/ The Hamilton County coroner said she recognized one of the victims of the temple. He was a “gentleman,” she said. https://t.co/ihVsDRzKcb
— Researcher (@Enquirer), September 7, 2018
Kandepi, another victim, had met, Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco at a local Hindu temple. The two also shared the same birthplace and language, and Telugu.
Sammarco posted Thursday on Facebook with the question how the officials will explain to his parents “they will never see their son again because of a senseless shooting in a foreign country.”
The local Telugu Association of North America office said it plans to help Kandepi’s father. He wants his son’s body to return to India.
Kandepi was an engineer and came to Cincinnati with a dream,” Cincinnati.com reported.
But that dream came to a surprising halt Thursday.
“It is so cruel,” Yash Yeddulapalli, Kandepi’s college roommate, told the newspaper. “It is so unfortunate and very unfair that this has happened to him.”
“It is so cruel. … It is so unfortunate and very unfair that this has happened to him.”
– Yash Yeddulapalli, Kandepi’s college roommate
Yeddulapalli said his friend wanted to “get everything right, so that he could make people happy.”
To Kandepi the father, his son’s death is a nightmare.
“I’m just staring at my son’s photos,” Kandepi’s father told Yeddulapalli. “Please, someone. Tell me that it was a bad dream.”
Meawhile, hundreds gathered in Cincinnati on Friday to remember the three people killed and two wounded.
Many left bouquets of flowers next to a fountain, which sits in the middle of Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, a stone’s throw away from where the shooting took place.
Mayor Cranley said the emergency responders and police officers who confronted and killed the shooter showed true heroism and courage.
“The heroism of these officers is truly remarkable,” Cranley said, according to Cincinnati.com. “The police saved lives, and we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude.”
He said that the officers risked their lives in the line of fire.
The police said they have not determined a motive for the shooting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.