Fifth Third Shooting

Friday marks one year since the deadly mass shooting outside the Fifth Third Bank tower at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Three people died, more were wounded, and the city responded – first with fear over the uncertainty of what happened, and then with resolve, to be strong, and to help the victims and their families. Shortly after the first shots were fired, local media rushed to the scene to get a handle on what was happening. Local reporters who were on site during the early stages of the investigation will join us to tell the story from their perspective of covering a tragedy in the city they serve.

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Editor's note: As the one-year mark since the mass shooting at the Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square approached, WVXU asked Mayor John Cranley to reflect on that day and the city's days since. Here's what he wrote: 

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Sept. 6 is never far from the minds of Fifth Third employees, according to company spokesman Gary Rhodes. That's the day a gunman walked into the lobby of the Fifth Third Bank tower at Fountain Square and started shooting. One year later, Rhodes says bank employees and Cincinnatians are remembering those who were killed or wounded, and the bravery of those who survived.

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

This week marks the one-year memorial of the shooting at the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati.

After the events on Sept. 6, 2018, #CincyStrong became a trending topic locally and a rallying force for the city to get behind. Though Cincinnati has not experienced a mass shooting since (defined by the FBI as four or more murdered during an event), gun violence continues in the city. In urban communities like the West End, the conversation around it continues.

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On the morning of September 6, 2018, a gunman entered the Fifth Third Center near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati and opened fire. Three people were killed, and Whitney Austin was one of two people injured before police quickly shot and killed the suspect. She was hit 12 times while trapped in a revolving door to the lobby of the Fifth Third tower.

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Whitney Austin doesn't mind talking about when she was shot. She was hit 12 times while trapped in the revolving door to the lobby of the Fifth Third tower on Sept. 6, 2018. Three people were killed, and Austin was one of two injured before police shot and killed the gunman.