Police respond to another mass shooting in US

Posted August 05, 2019

Police in the U.S. state of OH say nine people have been killed in a shooting incident in OH, with more than a dozen others injured.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a Sunday morning news conference the shooter was wearing body armor and had extra magazines.

In the second major mass shooting in less than 24 hours in the United States, officials say a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.

No other details were given about the suspect.

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

Ten people, including one suspect, were killed early on Sunday in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and at least 16 others were taken to hospitals with injuries, police said. The 21-year-old suspect in that shooting was arrested. The shooting happened as the suspect was making his way toward a bar called Ned Peppers, Decker said. A gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Saturday, leaving 20 people dead and 26 others wounded.

In his 22 years as a police officer, Gomez said, "This is the most traumatic scene that I have been close to".

Deputy Chief Matt Carper confirmed Sunday afternoon that Betts was the shooter.

More details are to emerge.

NBC News, citing eyewitnesses, reports the Dayton shooting took place near the Ned Peppers bar.

The motive was not immediately clear, and investigators believe the individual had acted alone, Carper said.

Dayton Police previously said via Twitter that were "investigating an active shooter incident" in the city's OR district and asked residents to avoid the area.

Later, Dayton police department confirmed that the shooter is deceased.

Several events were planned Sunday to honor the El Paso shooting victims, including an inter-faith evening vigil at a local park with city leaders and El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz.

"Good thing that the police are always down here, every weekend I come down here it's heavy presence of police just because they know it's a party scene, they keep it calm down here", a witness told local news outlets.

DeWine issued his own statement, announcing that he ordered flags in OH to remain at half-mast and offering assistance to Whaley and prayers for the victims. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. "The FBI are on the scene assisting but we are leading the investigation".

The shooting in Dayton comes after the area was heavily damaged when tornadoes swept through western OH in late May, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and businesses.