It was another day for the people in the Oregon District, Dayton, Ohio when the fateful event happened. A 24-year-old man opened fire at a popular nightlife area, killing 9 people and leaving 26 injured. The shooter behind the Dayton mass shooting is believed to be carrying extra magazines when he started shooting.
The incident which was the second mass shooting in the US within an interval of 13 hours has left the country and people in shock. The gunman was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest and hearing protection and is believed to be carrying 100-bullet magazines in a high-powered rifle.
The surveillance video of the incident shows chaos unfolding and the authorities putting down the perpetrator within 30 seconds. The shooter responsible for the Dayton mass shooting has been identified as Connor Betts and the law authorities are still trying to figure out the motive behind the attack.
13 hours earlier, in the El Paso city of Texas, a gunman opened fire in a shopping centre, killing 20 and injuring more than two dozen people. Many of them are believed to be critically injured. According to the latest reports, the authorities are viewing the shooting as a case of hate crime and domestic terrorism.
The perpetrator of El Paso shooting is facing the federal hate crime and federal firearm charges which might lead to the sentence of death penalty. The attack comes at a time when people are still reeling from the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival a week back.
As per the higher authorities, Connor, responsible for the Dayton Mass shooting, had bought the firearm online and killed his sister too during the attack.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, in regards with the shooting said, “The officers immediately advanced toward the gunfire and within approximately 20 seconds, they engaged the suspect, who was actively firing and attempting to enter a crowded liquor establishment.”
The President denouncing both the incidents, said “hate has no place in our country.” He also called the shooters “really very seriously mentally ill.”
According to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database, El Paso and Dayton mass shootings are 21st and 22nd mass killings respectively of this year in the US. At least 125 people have died in 2019 due to mass shootings, including the two latest incidents.