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Police search for gunman shooting up Cincinnati's tallest skyscraper

Someone is shooting up Great American Tower on Third Street Downtown. (FOX19 NOW) Someone is shooting up Great American Tower on Third Street Downtown. (FOX19 NOW)
Cincinnati Police Captain Mke Neville addresses the media early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW) Cincinnati Police Captain Mke Neville addresses the media early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW)
Great American Tower is the city's tallest skyscraper. (FOX19 NOW) Great American Tower is the city's tallest skyscraper. (FOX19 NOW)
A bullet damaged window of Great American. (FOX19) A bullet damaged window of Great American. (FOX19)
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Police are trying to figure out who is shooting up the city's tallest skyscraper.

Gunshots have shattered windows and caused other damage at Great American Tower at Queen City Square on Third Street over four separate occasions in the last week, police said.

The shootings began sometime between 7 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Jan. 19 and continued over the weekend, occurring sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, when shattered windows and other damage to the building were discovered, police records show.

Bullets also hit the building just before 1 a.m. Monday.

In the latest and fourth case less than 12 hours later on Monday night, three bullets broke windows on south side of the building, said Captain Mike Neville, who oversees the city's Central Business District.

No one has been hurt, but the vandalism is scaring some workers in the building and racking up thousands in damage.

“It's a little concerning. I would be more concerned if I worked inside the building, but it's pretty surprising,” said downtown worker, Scott Weisgerber.

The shootings are occurring after business hours. On all but one occasion, no one has been inside, Neville said.

Catching the gunman is a top priority.

"Nobody was even close to being struck," said Neville. "At the same time, while nobody was injured, I will tell you we are very concerned and those that work in that building- the safety that they are not feeling, the damage it is doing to the city as a whole - it's getting our effort and will continue to get a lot of effort out of my entire team and other units in the entire police department. We will use more than just our group so that we can get this to an end."

The gunfire prompted police to closed the Lytle Tunnel on northbound I-71 two consecutive nights in a row early Monday and early Tuesday. They think the shootings are coming from an area of the highway as it routes along Downtown on Fort Washington Way.

Police collected shell casings and other evidence. They also are reviewing traffic camera footage.

"This is the crowned jewel of Cincinnati. It's going to attract most attention,” said Jeff Hawkins, a security consultant and specialist.

Hawkins has a three-decade law enforcement and security background, and he believes the shooter launching those rounds may not have been too far away when firing.

"The fact that it's lower level windows that you're looking at, kind of indicates that the person was closer in rather than being further away,” said Hawkins.

But, just how far away?

"I'd say it would have at least had to happen across the street, or from the road,” Hawkins said.

Diane Wiedner, Assistant Vice President of American Financial Group, said the company is taking additional safety measures at Great American Tower, but she expects to be 'business as usual' on Tuesday.

Western & Southern Group, which built the $322 million tower that opened in January 2011, said there has been an added security presence.

“You think these things only happen in big cities, but in light of recent events throughout the county it's very concerning,” said Kristie Davis who says the shots fired at the iconic building is a blow to our city.

The 665-foot-tall building surpasses the 574-foot-tall Carew Tower at the city's tallest skyscraper.

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