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Published On: Fri, Sep 7th, 2018

Cincinnati shooting: Omar Enrique Santa Perez murders three, identified as Pruthviraj Kandepi, Luis Calderon, Richard Newcomer

An Ohio man who murdered three people  Thursday in a Cincinnati office building had an arrest history in several states, often looked “pissed off” at his neighbors and twice filed lawsuits claiming MSNBC was spying on him.

Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, attacked the Fifth Third Bank headquarters in downtown Cincinnati Thursday morning and killed three people with a 9mm handgun that he had legally purchased. He was reportedly was dressed in a business suit and carrying a briefcase during the shooting spree.

“This could have been a bloodbath beyond imagination,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, CNN affiliate WLWT reported, noting that the shooter had more than 200 rounds of ammunition for his handgun.

Omar Enrique Santa Perez

One victim was identified as Pruthviraj Kandepi, 25, a native of Andhra Pradesh, a resident of Guntur and a consultant at the bank. India’s Consul General in New York Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty have informed the police in Andhra Pradesh and have also reached out to Kandepi’s family in Guntur.

An official of the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) said arrangements were being made to send his body to India.

The two other deceased have been identified as 48-year-old Luis Felipe Calderon and 64-year-old Richard Newcomer.  Aspokesman with Gilbane Building Co. stated that Newcomer had worked their company about three years.

Whitney Austin, 37, a Fifth Third Bank employee, had been shot 12 times on one side of her body, but the bullets miraculously missed vital organs. Austin is expected to survive.

Santa Perez has been arrested for numerous offenses in a string of southeast Florida cities ranging from Palm Beach to Coconut Creek, with charges ranging from marijuana possession to traffic violations. The earliest appears to date back to around 2010, when he was taken into custody in Broward County for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

In 2014, Santa Perez was arrested and charged with trespassing in Greenville, South Carolina, after he refused to leave the property of a water sports company that had fired him.

Santa Perez also – twice – filed lawsuits claiming MSNBC was spying on him, according to reports.

In January this year, he went after NBC Universal and TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, seeking $5.1 million in damages for emotional distress and “character assassination,” WCPO reported.

In the first lawsuit, Santa Perez claimed his cell phone and computer were hacked and “in a matter of four weeks (in spring 2017), ‘MSNBC’ created a character, grandeur a persona, unmasked and assassinated the character through its slanderous commentaries.”

After a county clerk dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice in June, he filed another one and said he was watching MSNBC when they began to start broadcasting information about him and intended to track him down, according to WCPO.

About the Author

- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. Jimbo says:

    Find his family and do the same to them , maybe if we start an action plan like that sone of this will stop

    • Uh no.

      This isn’t the Wild, Wild West or Yemen. Investigate his mental illness, the red flags and where the process may have missed flagging the man. In a free society we will have horrible acts of violence, a figure which is way better than 25 years ago, but we can get better.

      We should NOT devolve into a vigilante or “Eye for an Eye” society

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