Dayton, Ohio: Second Mass Shooting in the US in 24 hours; 9 dead, 16 injured.
The US has seen its second mass shooting in the last 24 hours, claiming 9 lives in Ohio, and 21 in Texas.
On August 3, at 11 AM, the US witnessed one of the deadliest mass shootings seen in Texas, at a Walmart shopping centre that left 21 killed and 26 injured. 14 hours later, first reports came in of a second mass shooting, in Ohio this time, with a death toll that is still being counted, but has already taken 9 lives.
Eyewitness reports state that a person denied entry into a bar opened fire. Footage is cropping up on social media that shows people running from the scene as dozens of gunshots continue to echo through the streets behind them. The shooting occurred outside the Ned Peppers bar in Dayton. The Bar has posted on their instagram page, reassuring the public that their staff are all safe.
UPDATE: 9 people were killed and 16 others were hospitalized in Dayton, Ohio after a shooter opened fire in the #OregonDistrict. Police have confirmed that the shooter is also dead.https://t.co/XqofkuNsXE— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 4, 2019
The vicinity has been evacuated and members of the public have been told to avoid the cordoned off area. FBI agents have arrived at the scene. First responders have already rushed a number of injured individuals to nearby hospitals.
The Dayton police department issued a statement on Twitter saying they are still investigating the shooting. As we write this, the Dayton Police Department also tweeted that the shooter is deceased, along with 9 deceased victims and 16 individuals with injuries.
#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
This marks the 250th mass shooting on American soil in 2019 alone. As this unfolds, we would also like to point out that assault weapons are still legally sold in the United States of America. There are no procedures to run background checks on people purchasing assault weapons. While gun reform is brought up after every shooting, the National Rifle Association - a hugely influential and active gun rights lobby - continues to hold immeasurable sway in Washington.