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A gunman killed nine people and injured at least 27 in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after 1 am local time on Sunday. The attack was the US’s second major mass shooting in 24 hours, following another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Police say the shooter, who they believe acted alone, is dead. He opened fire in the Oregon District, which is popular for its bars and restaurants — killing and injuring dozens before he was killed by the police.
Investigators have not yet identified a motive for the shooting.
The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.
What we know
- Shortly after 1 am local time, a gunman equipped with a military-style rifle and protective armor opened fire in Dayton’s Oregon district, a popular hub for bars and restaurants, the New York Times reported.
- At least nine people were killed, and at least 27 people were wounded. One of the victims was the shooter’s sister.
- The shooter was killed by “multiple Dayton police officers,” according to a police spokesperson.
- The murdered victims were Megan Betts, 22; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Lois Oglesby, 27; Logan Turner, 30; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; Saeed Saleh, 38; Monica Brickhouse, 39; and Derrick Fudge, 57, according to ABC News.
- The gunman was identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts. Police said they are “not close enough” to determining a motive.
- President Donald Trump responded to the Dayton shooting, along with an unrelated shooting in El Paso, Texas, in a brief speech on Monday. He mostly pointed to cultural issues and mental illness, although he did throw in support for a red flag law that could let police or courts seize guns from dangerous people. (The empirical research suggests that access to guns is the core problem.)
- Activists and Democrats, meanwhile, have called for federal action on guns, hoping to get the Republican-controlled Senate to move on legislation passed by the Democratic-held House.
- At a vigil for the victims on Sunday night, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was interrupted by the gathered crowd chanting, “Do something!”
- Trump is expected to visit Dayton this week.
- So far in 2019, there have been more than 250 mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The organization defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place.
What we don’t know
- The shooter’s motive