9 dead, gunman killed in Ohio shooting; second such incident in 24 hours
Ohio, Aug 04: Nine people have been killed and at least 16 injured in a shooting early on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.
Dayton police tweeted that an active shooter situation began in the Oregon District at 1:22 am, but that officers nearby were able to "put an end to it quickly." At least 16 others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said.
"The shooter is deceased. There are nine others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries," they said.
The suspect had opened fire on the street firing "a long gun with multiple rounds." Police were working to identify the shooter and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said.
Carper said Oregon was "a very safe part of downtown" Dayton and very popular with visitors. "Fortunately we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when this incident started so there was a very short timeline of violence, for that we've very fortunate.
"It's a very tragic incident and we're doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this," said Carper. "We're still interviewing obviously a lot of witnesses as well as officers to determine if anyone else was involved," he said.
The development came just hours after at least 20 people were killed in another mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Authorities in Texas are investigating the mass shooting as a possible hate crime, the police chief said. A 21-year-old white male suspect from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, surrendered to police outside the store after the rampage.