One year after a shooter opened fire in Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square, Cincinnati is still healing. But the community has not let what happened on Sept. 6, 2018 keep them from enjoying what Mayor John Cranley calls the heart of our region.
Tonight we will look back at the brave first responders who helped stop the threat and tend to victims. We will also look ahead, harnessing the hope, resilience and strength of those in and around the square that day.
We hope you will watch our half-hour special at 7 p.m. on 9 On Your Side Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. In the meantime, meet some of the survivors, helpers and responders we spoke to when looking back on that day:
Community reporter Lucy May spoke with nine people who were in and around the square, giving a first-hand account of the people hurt -- and those who helped them -- on Sept. 6, 2018.
Investigative reporter Dan Monk spoke to leaders at Fifth Third Bank about how an authentic, caring response helped the bank avoid the controversy associated with other shootings, such as the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.
Growth and development reporter Lisa Smith looked into how our region -- and the square itself -- has changed since the shooting.
Anchor Tanya O'Rourke went to observe the live fire training that CPD Chief Eliot Isaac said was vital to how quickly first responders were able to stop the shooter.
And finally, Anchor Evan Millward talked to Whitney Austin and Leah Matthews, who are creating a network for shooting survivors to help them heal and to advocate for responsible gun laws.
You can also watch Fifth Third Shooting: One Year Later on any streaming device, the WCPO app and the WCPO Facebook page.