9 killed, 26 wounded in Dayton, Ohio, shooting, 2nd U.S. attack in 24 hours

Nine people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said.

Dayton police tweeted that an active shooter situation began in the Oregon District at 1 a.m., but that officers nearby were able to “put an end to it quickly.” At least 26 others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said.

The suspected shooter’s age and identity have not been released.

 Authorities gave few details about the circumstances of the shooting except that it occurred in the city’s Oregon District, a historic neighbourhood known for its nightclubs, bars, art galleries and shops.

The Dayton Daily News said the shooting occurred at or near an establishment called Ned Peppers Bar.

At least 26 others were injured, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a news conference. No details about the victims were released.

The gunman had a .223 calibre, “high-capacity” gun, as well as additional magazines and body armour, she said.

Police look for evidence after the early Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio. (Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)

“In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter,” Whaley said, adding that “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today” if police patrolling the area hadn’t acted quickly.

With a population of around 140,000, Dayton is in western Ohio, around 90 kilometres northeast of Cincinnati, 120 kilometres west of Columbus and 195 kilometres east of Indianapolis.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation. A family assistance centre will be set up at the Dayton Convention Center. U.S. President Donald Trump says federal law enforcement is working with local authorities to investigate.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said “thoughts and prayers are not enough.” He issued a statement Sunday, saying he’s angry that state and national lawmakers won’t pass more gun safety laws.

Witnesses comfort one another at the scene of the shooting. (John Minchillo/The Associated Press)

“I’m heartbroken,” Whaley tweeted around 6 a.m. ET Sunday, thanking first responders for their efforts.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued his own statement before 7 a.m., announcing that he’s ordered flags in Ohio remain at half-mast and offered assistance to Whaley.

“Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton,” the statement said. “We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families.”

The Ohio shooting came hours after a young man opened fire in a crowded El Paso, Tex., shopping area, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured. Just days before, on July 28, a 19-year-old shot and killed three people, including two children, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California.

Sunday’s shooting in Dayton is the 22nd mass killing of 2019 in the U.S., according to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks homicides where four or more people killed — not including the offender.

The 20 mass killings in the U.S. in 2019 that preceded this weekend claimed 96 lives.


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