Nine people have been killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the city police have confirmed. At least 16 were hospitalized with injuries. The gunman was taken out by officers responding to the incident.
The shooting happened in the area of East 5th Street in the Oregon District of Dayton in the early hours of Sunday local time, and just hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Dayton police said the shooter used some kind of a long gun in the attack and most likely acted alone. They said they were working on identifying the gunman and establishing the motives behind his rampage.
Miami Valley Hospital spokesperson Terrea Little confirmed that they had received 16 victims from the shooting, but wouldn’t provide further details. Some earlier reports said as many as 24 may have been injured, but that figure was not confirmed by police.
Footage from the scene showed a heavy police presence in the Oregon District. According to the police, the FBI is assisting in the investigation.
— Molly Reed (@MollyR247Now) August 4, 2019
The Oregon District is one of Dayton’s 10 historic neighborhoods, while East 5th Street is famous for a number of bars and restaurants. The shooting apparently happened at or near one of those establishments.
The violence in Ohio comes just hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, where a single gunman killed 20 people and injured 26 others. The assault at a Walmart store on Saturday was reportedly a hate crime targeting Hispanic people.