9 Dead in 2nd Mass Shooting in 24 Hours

Unidentified suspect killed in after opening fire in entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2019 5:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nine people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the US in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, reports the AP. Dayton police tweeted that an active shooter situation began in the Oregon District at 1am, but officers nearby were able to "put an end to it quickly." Lt. Col. Matt Carper said that the suspect was shot to death by responding officers. At least 16 others were taken to local hospitals, police said. Police believe there was only one shooter, and have not yet identified the suspect or a motive. Carper said the suspect used a long gun and fired multiple rounds. Miami Valley Hospital rep Terrea Little said 16 victims have been received at the hospital, but couldn't confirm their conditions. Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said multiple victims from a shooting had been brought to system hospitals, but didn't have details on how many.

The Oregon District is a historic neighborhood that Carper described as "a safe part of downtown," home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants, and theaters. "This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton," Carper said. "In our Oregon District, this is unheard of." The FBI is assisting with the investigation. The Ohio shooting came hours after a young man opened fire in a crowded El Paso, Texas, shopping area, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured. The El Paso shooting was the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, according to the AP/USATODAY/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks all US homicides since 2006 involving four or more people killed—not including the offender—over a short period of time regardless of weapon, location, victim-offender relationship, or motive. That makes Sunday's shooting in Dayton the 22nd mass killing in the US this year.

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