Two Fifth Third bankers among shooting victims

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Two Fifth Third bankers were among the victims of a shooting at the company’s downtown Cincinnati headquarters this week that left four dead and two injured, a company spokeswoman said.

Luis Calderon, a finance manager for the bank’s commercial line of business, was killed in the shooting incident in and around the company's headquarters branch on Thursday morning. Originally from Miami, Calderon had moved to Cincinnati in 2017 to take a job with the bank to provide for his children, his wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Richard Newcomer, a contractor with Gilbane Building Company, and Prudhvi Raj Kandepi, a contractor with TEK Systems, were also killed.

Whitney Austin, a digital lending product manager with Fifth Third, and Brian Sarver, a contractor for CBRE, were wounded, but their families have told Fifth Third that they are both in stable condition, a company spokeswoman said.

The gunman, Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, was killed in a gunfight with police officers who responded to the shooting. There has been no update as to his potential motive for the shooting, but police and Fifth Third say that he was not a former or current employee of the bank.

According to local news reports, Austin was most recently working on Fifth Third’s partnership with GreenSky, an online home improvement lender. She is based in Louisville, Ky., and had driven to Cincinnati Thursday morning for a meeting. She was on a conference call when she walked directly into the shooting in the Fifth Third Center lobby that morning.

Her husband of 12 years said that she is in good spirits, Fifth Third said. The company also relayed some comments she made on Friday morning.

“I’m still processing the events from yesterday, the impact to the victims, to me and the community. And I’m thinking about how I can make a difference in the future,” she said. “I’m so thankful to the paramedics and first responders and the doctors, nurses and staff at [University of Cincinnati Medical Center].”

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