Nine killed in Ohio shootings, a day after gunman killed 20 in El Paso, US
Nine people have died and another 27 were injured after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, 4 August 2019, less than a day after 22 people were killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas. Dayton Police said the shooting suspect is also deceased. They identified him as a 24-year-old man. Police said it wasn't close to establishing a motive for the shooting but that there was "no indication" of a racial motive.
The incident started shortly after 1h00 local time and officers who were in the "immediate vicinity" in the city's Oregon district "were able to respond and put an end to it quickly," police added. The nine victims were all between the ages of 22 and 39, police confirmed at a press conference. One of the victims was the shooting suspect's sister.
On Monday, authorities said that at least 32 people were wounded during the shooting and that 14 of them are from gunshots. 11 remain hospitalised.
Dayton's police chief said the shooting suspect may have had as many as 250 rounds of ammunition.
Dayton Mayor, Nan Whaley said she's "heartbroken" and thanked first responders, who neutralised the shooter in less than a minute, "for all that you've done." She later told reporters that the suspect had been wearing body armour and that he had been carrying a .223 calibre high capacity magazine as well as "additional magazines." Police said he had two weapons but one was left in the vehicle. The shooter had travelled to the district with his sister and one other person, police said. The person who travelled with them was injured in the shooting.
"If Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute — and think of the 26 injured, nine dead, hundreds of people in the Oregon district could be dead today," she stressed. "As a mayor this is a day we all dread," she went on, deploring that Dayton was the theatre of "the 250th mass shooting in America" so far this year.
Deputy police Chief Matt Carper said that the initial investigation appeared to suggest only one shooter had been involved but added, "We are at the early stages so we can't confirm that this is the only person involved."
Greg Semon, from the local Miami Valley, said the facility had treated 16 patients of which 12 had been treated and released by 10h00 local time. One remained in "critical condition". Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long added that nine patients at been treated at three of the group's facilities and that three remained in "serious conditions."
Police said the shooting took place on E 5th street in the centre of Dayton, Ohio. The suspect was killed by police outside Ned Peppers bar, in the heart of the district. "All of our staff is safe and our hearts go out to everyone involved as we gather information," the bar said in a post on Instagram. The Oregon district was to re-open in the early afternoon.
The shooting in Dayton comes just hours after 22 people were killed and 26 more injured in El Paso, Texas when a gunman opened fired in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall on Saturday, 3 August 2019. Al Jazeera reported that the suspect was identified by authorities as 21-year old Patrick Wood Crusius from Allen, Texas. He opened fire at a Walmart store, close to the Cielo Vista Mall and the Mexican border checkpoint.
Erika Contreras told CNN that she, her 70-year-old mother and daughter were at Walmart when the shooting happened. She had gone to buy school supplies for her daughter. She told the television channel that her daughter was severely traumatised by the incident. "It was chaos. You could see people on the floor who were hit. She couldn't breathe. She was hyperventilating. She was crying."
El Paso police's Greg Allen said authorities were investigating if there were any links between the suspect and the "manifesto" found in his possession. In it, Crusius praised those responsible for the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, which killed 51 worshippers. "Right now, we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates, to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime." The text expresses the author's opposition to the "Hispanic invasion" and states that he expected he would be killed during the shooting.
The US Forest Service confirms with KPAX News one of the nine killed in Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was a former tour guide at the Smokejumper Visitor Centre in Missoula. According to USFS Northern Regional press officer Dan Hottle, Megan Betts received the six-week internship through the Student Conservation Association. She was in Montana from about the middle of May to July. In a late Sunday afternoon news conference, Ohio officials said Megan Betts, 22, was shot by her brother Connor Betts, the suspect in the shooting.
According to Betts’ Facebook page, she studied biological sciences at Wright State University. Hottle says the US Forest Service sends its deepest condolences to the young woman’s family and friends.
Source: Euro News and CNN