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The Latest Husband of bank shooting victim thanks police

CINCINNATI — The Latest on the Sept. 6 shootings in a Cincinnati bank building (all times local):

3 p.m.

The husband of a Fifth Third Bancorp executive who is recovering after being shot at least 12 times is offering a public thanks to Cincinnati police and other first responders who helped save her life.

Waller Austin says in a statement that his wife Whitney Austin “still has a long road ahead in her recovery.” A vice president at the Cincinnati-based regional banker, she has improved to fair condition after being admitted in critical condition Sept. 6 after the bank building shootings that killed four people, including the gunman.

Austin says they are still trying to understand how she survived, after the shooter kept firing rounds into her.

He says they are “so thankful” for the bravery of responding officers who opened fire to end the rampage.

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9:50 a.m.

Employees have returned to work at a bank building in which four people, including the gunman, were killed last week.

The lobby of the Fifth Third Bancorp’s headquarters building remains closed Monday as investigators continue trying to learn why a 29-year-old man opened fire in the downtown Cincinnati high-rise.

A Fifth Third finance manager and two contractors were killed Thursday. A bank vice president and another contractor remain hospitalized in fair condition with gunshot wounds.

Company spokeswoman Stacie Haas says counselors are available for employees.

Omar Enrique Santa Perez was shooting randomly in the lobby until police shot him. Police say he had about 250 rounds of ammunition for his legally purchased 9 mm handgun.

Police say he never worked there and an apartment search hasn’t explained the attack.

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6:50 a.m.

Investigators will continue this week trying to learn why a 29-year-old man opened fire at high-rise in downtown Cincinnati last week.

Four people, including the gunman, were killed last Thursday. Two gunshot victims were listed Sunday in fair condition. One had been initially admitted in critical condition.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez began shooting inside the Fifth Third Bank headquarters building. Police say he had about 250 rounds of ammunition for his legally purchased 9 mm handgun.

Police say he never worked there and an apartment search hasn’t explained his attack.

Meanwhile, a local T-shirt company has produced a “Cincy Strong” shirt to benefit victims and first responders.

Cincy Shirts co-owner Josh Sneed tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the company expects to raise more than $10,000.

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