Dayton Struck With Mass Shooting, Hours After El Paso Tragedy

At least nine killed, dozens wounded. Suspect killed at the scene.

By Published on August 4, 2019

At least nine people are dead and 26 injured following a mass shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio early Sunday.

This marks the second shooting within 14 hours. A gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas Walmart Saturday, leaving twenty people dead and 26 others wounded.

The Ohio gunman was shot and killed within one minute of opening fire, according to Mayor Nan Whaley.

“I’m heartbroken,” Whaley tweeted Sunday morning.

Shots were first reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Dayton’s Oregon District, an downtown outdoor area filled with bars, restaurants and local businesses, according to NBC News. The shooting took place outdoors and police were able to respond quickly because they were already in the vicinity. 

“Most of us can’t get to our cars because there are bodies scattered all over across the street from our cars,” an eyewitness told WKEF. “People that were shot, hit, innocent people — we can’t get home to our families now, and those people aren’t going home to their families either.”

The FBI and the Dayton Police Department are investigating the shooting, ABC News reported.

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Fourteen hours earlier marked the eighth-deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history when a 21-year-old opened fire in a Texas Walmart. Twenty people have died because of the attack. Patrick Crusius, identified as the shooter, surrendered to police and is in custody.

Five of the top-10 deadliest shootings have occurred since 2015, according to ABC News.


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