9 killed, 16 injured in shooting in US Ohio state
WASHINGTON (AFP) – At least nine people were killed and 16 were injured, in a mass shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, police said, adding that the assailant was shot dead by responding officers.
According to the Ohio Dayton police’s official Twitter account, the shooting began in the city’s Oregon district. The incident occurred shortly after 1am in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Police Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper said. “We had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims,” he told reporters.
#OregonDistrict #update Lt. Col. Carper: at 1:22am active shooter situation began in oregon district. The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries.
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
“The shooter is deceased, from gunshot wounds from the responding officers,” he said, adding no police were injured. “We have nine victims deceased … and we have approximately 16 more victims hospitalized right now in unknown conditions.”
The suspect had opened fire on the street firing a long gun with multiple rounds. Police were working to identify the shooter and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said.
The shooting came just hours after 20 people were killed by a gunman in El Paso, Texas. A man armed with a rifle opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and wounding 26 others as panicked shoppers and employees scurried for cover before the gunman surrendered to police at the scene.
Many shoppers in the busy store were buying back-to-school supplies when they found themselves caught up in the latest US mass shooting, which came just six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a summer food festival in Northern California.
Suspect was officially identified as a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb some 650 miles (1,046 km) east of El Paso, which lies along the Rio Grande, across the US-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez.
Citing law enforcement officials, multiple media reports named the suspect as Patrick Crusius.
El Paso police chief Greg Allen said authorities were examining a manifesto from the suspect indicating “there is a potential nexus to a hate crime.” Officials declined to elaborate and said the investigation was continuing.
But a four-page statement posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, and believed to have been authored by the suspect, called the Walmart attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
It also expressed for support for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
CNN reported that the FBI has opened a domestic terror investigation into the shooting.