Two mass shootings hit US in 1 day

Twin tragedies in Ohio, Texas within 24 hours leave 29 killed

Global Times US Edition - - WORLD -

Two mass shootings in the US have left 29 peo­ple dead within 24 hours, the lat­est such at­tacks in a na­tion torn over how to tackle gun vi­o­lence.

A gun­man armed with an as­sault ri­fle killed 20 peo­ple Satur­day when he opened fire on shop­pers at a packed Wal­mart store in El Paso, Texas.

Less than 13 hours later, a lone shooter killed nine peo­ple in Day­ton, Ohio early Sun­day be­fore be­ing shot dead by re­spond­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, the au­thor­i­ties did not dis­close the shooter’s iden­tity.

The at­tacker opened fire around 1:00 am (0500 GMT) on a street in the pop­u­lar bar and nightlife dis­trict called Ore­gon, leav­ing nine dead and 26 wounded.

Day­ton Mayor Nan Wha­ley said the shooter was wear­ing body ar­mor and had high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines and ex­tra mag­a­zines.

“In less than one minute Day­ton first re­spon­ders neu­tral­ized the shooter,” she said.

“I am amazed by the quick re­sponse of Day­ton po­lice that saved lit­er­ally hun­dreds of lives,” Wha­ley said, adding that it was “the 250th mass shooting in Amer­ica.”

Ac­tu­ally, it was the 251st, ac­cord­ing to the Gun Vi­o­lence Archive, an NGO. It de­fines mass shooting as an in­ci­dent in which at least four peo­ple are wounded or killed in a shooting.

“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,” he said, prais­ing the swift re­sponse by of­fi­cers.

“As bad as this is, it could have been much, much worse.”

Carper said the at­tack ap­peared to be the work of a lone shooter.

The in­ci­dent came just hours after the mass shooting at a Wal­mart store in Texas which has reignited de­bate about the US epi­demic of gun vi­o­lence.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­scribed the El Paso at­tack as “an act of cow­ardice” and po­lice are treat­ing it as a pos­si­ble hate crime.

Satur­day’s sus­pect was of­fi­cially iden­ti­fied as a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dal­las sub­urb some 1,046 ki­mome­ters east of El Paso, which lies along the Rio Grande, across the Us­mex­ico bor­der from Ci­u­dad Juarez.

Footage shot with cell­phones ap­peared to show mul­ti­ple bod­ies ly­ing on the ground in the store’s park­ing lot while other footage showed ter­ri­fied shop­pers run­ning out of the store as gun­fire echoed.

Po­lice chief Greg Allen con­firmed that in ad­di­tion to the 20 con­firmed fa­tal­i­ties in El Paso, there were 26 wounded.

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