Nine people were killed and 26 others injured Sunday morning in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, authorities said, raising the death toll in a grim week of mass shootings across the U.S.
The suspected shooter, who has not been identified, is also dead, according to police.
The attack came less than a day after a man with an assault-style weapon killed 20 in El Paso and a week after a gunman fired on a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people including a 6-year-old boy and wounding 12 more. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley noted that Dayton’s tragedy was just the latest. She said her city was the 250th to experience a mass shooting this year.
“As a mayor this is a day that we all dread happening,” she said in a Sunday morning news conference. “And certainly what’s very sad as I’ve gotten messages from cities across the country is that so many of us have gone through it.”
The shooting began at 1 a.m. in Dayton’s Oregon District, outside the 400 block of East 5th Street and amid a busy nightlife scene of bars and restaurants, according to authorities. Police said officers ended the violence “quickly” by shooting the suspect.
The suspect opened fire in the Oregon District with a 223-caliber high capacity magazine while wearing body armor, according to Whalen. The suspect had additional magazines. Officers neutralized him in under a minute, she said, and that quick response saved lives.
“While this is a terribly sad day for our city, I am amazed by the quick response of Dayton police that saved literally hundreds of lives,” she said, adding that the 26 injured are at area hospitals and that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine – who she has been in contact with – gave his condolences.
Miami Valley Hospital received 16 victims for treatment, spokeswoman Terrea Little told the Associated Press. Kettering Health Network was treating multiple victims as well, spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said, though she did not have numbers.
Authorities said they believe there was only one shooter and have yet to identify the suspect, though they are interviewing dozens of people. The FBI is aiding the investigation. Police have not yet provided the names of victims.
Police tweeted that people looking for information about loved ones should go to the Dayton Convention Center, the site of a hub for family assistance.
The governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff as people around the world expressed their sadness over the latest mass shooting to devastate the country. Pope Francis gave his condolences for the victims of U.S. shootings that hurt “defenseless people.”
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the Dayton shooting and is monitoring the situation, White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves said.
Trump’s first tweet on the shooting Sunday morning focused on law enforcement’s response, praising the speed of responded in both Saturday and Sunday’s attacks and saying “information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton.”
“Much has already (been) learned in El Paso,” he wrote.
“God bless the people of El Paso Texas,” he added in another tweet. “God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”
The Oregon District, a historic area in Dayton, wrote in a Facebook post, “We are heartbroken for the victims and their families.”
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