UPDATE: Nine people are now dead after another shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Sixteen other people were injured in the incident that took place within 13 hours of a shooting that left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas. The Dayton shooting took place around 1 a.m. on East 5th Street in the city’s Oregon district, a popular downtown area, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper told reporters early Sunday morning.
The suspect, who was shot and killed by responding officers, has not yet been identified. Carper said the shooter fired multiple rounds from a “long gun.” The shooting happened as the suspect was making his way toward a bar called Ned Peppers, Montgomery County Emergency Services spokeswoman Deb Decker said. The shooter wore body armor but no officers were injured in the confrontation
UPDATE: Twenty people were killed in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference. More than two dozen were injured.
Multiple people were killed Saturday in a shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas and now one suspect is in custody, according to Sgt. Robert Gomez. At least 23 people were injured, Nine of them are in critical but stable condition. Thirteen people were taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso, spokesman Ryan Mielke said one of them has died.
According to CNN police got reports of an active shooter around 10 a.m. Gomez said in a brief news conference at the scene. Authorities were initially given multiple possible locations for the shooting, Gomez said, at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall next door. They also received reports of an incident at a second mall, several miles away from the Cielo Vista mall, but they confirmed that scene was safe.
“This is a large crime scene, a large area. So we are systematically going through it and making sure that anybody in the area — number one, we’re ruling out that no one is a suspect, and we’re also making sure that those people that were separated or hurt are getting the care that they need.”
US Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the area, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer,
“This was a massacre… the numbers are shocking.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted late Saturday afternoon,
“Texans grieve today for the people of this wonderful place. We united in support of all the victims. We thank First Responders for their swift action,” the governor said. “We ask God to bind up the wounds of all who’ve been harmed.”
The suspect is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. Two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source confirmed the suspect’s identity. Federal sources said investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that might reveal a motive.
Mass Shootings in 2019:
El Paso shooter clearly outlined his motives, political views, biography, and outlined his gear for the day of the attack on his computer.— call_me_ricky_ (@Rickyh180) August 3, 2019
Below is some of the manifesto he has written out prior to the attack today: #ElPaso #walmartshooting. His name is patrick crusius pic.twitter.com/fhV0hUi9tP
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)