Second Mass Shooting Leaves 9 Dead in Dayton, Ohio
Posted Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 8:41 am
By Victoria Talbot
A second mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio -in less than 24 hours – has left nine people dead and 26 wounded, according to police reports, following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas yesterday.
Nearby patrol officers alerted to the scene no doubt saved many more from becoming victims.
The shooting began at 1:07 a.m. in the city’s entertainment district, where thriving after-hours businesses entertained an estimated thousand guests, according to the mayor, Nan Whaley.
Uniformed patrol officers in the area responded to the call, killing the gunman within two minutes of the first shot fired.
“This is a terribly sad day for our city,” she said. “I am amazed by the quick response of Dayton police that saved literally hundreds of lives.”
The injured, including in critical condition and several in serious condition, were taken to area hospitals.
Police have yet to identify the gunman or the motive for his attack. Reports say that he was outfitted in body armor with a rifle and multiple high-capacity magazines, according to the mayor. All of the deceased were killed on the street.
Yesterday, the country was rocked by news of a shooting in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 others wounded at a Walmart store. Last week, three people were killed and 13 wounded at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
The Ohio gunman fired into a crowded street from a parking lot of a bar called Blind Bob’s, according to the bar’s manager, Andy Rowe. Witnesses said the gunman was firing across the street at another bar called Ned Peppers.
By one count, from the Gun Violence Archive, this marks the 251st mass shooting in 2019.