At least nine people were killed and 16 people injured after a shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, police said.The suspected shooter, who is believed to have acted alone, is also dead.
What We Know:
- The shooting in Dayton comes just hours after 20 people were killed and 26 more injured in El Paso, Texas, when a gunman opened fire in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall on Saturday. That shooting was the 250th shooting in 215 days. This makes 251 in 216.
- Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper of the Dayton Police told reporters the latest mass shooting to hit the U.S. took place at around 1:00 a.m. ET. Carper said the 16 people who were injured have been hospitalized. Their conditions are unknown.
- Reports from local media and eyewitness accounts to Urban Newsroom suggest the shooting took place near Ned Peppers bar, in the heart of Dayton’s Oregon District.
- Carper said multiple officers happened to be in the immediate vicinity when the shooting happened, which led to the incident being resolved in a very short period of time.
“For that, we are very fortunate,” Carper said. “This is a very tragic incident. We are doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this.”
- No police officers were injured. The entire incident unfolded outside the bar and it appears a long gun was used by the shooter, Carper said.
- Police are now interviewing witnesses to see if anyone else may have been involved. “At this time it looks like it might just be one person,” Carper said, adding that multiple officers took down the shooter.
The FBI is also at the scene to assist in the investigation.
This is a breaking news story and is developing. Check back for updates.