Hours after a deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, another shooter opened fired on a crowd in Dayton, Ohio, killing ten and injuring 27, CNN reports. The shooter also died at the scene. He was found wearing body armor, and carrying a .223 high-capacity gun along with extra magazines.

The shooting began outside of a bar called Ned Peppers on Saturday night, a busy area populated by bars and restaurants. The historical district is the center of night life in Dayton. Officers arrived on the scene very quickly, which Dayton’s Mayor, Nan Whaley, claimed prevented an even higher death count.


“The officers were there less than a minute from the beginning of the shooting. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute,” said Whaley, during a news conference.

Photographer Hannah Ray first heard gunshots while standing outside, on the nightclub’s patio.


Trump tweeted about El Paso and Dayton together early Sunday morning:


But many have pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump’s words. The president has long fostered violence at his campaign rallies and amongst his supporters, especially against immigrants and people of color.

Writer Mikel Jollett pointed out that he laughed at someone suggesting shooting people seeking asylum in the United States:

There have been reports that the shooter in El Paso was a 21-year-old man who is believed to have written a manifesto of racist, anti-Hispanic sentiments, which he allegedly posted to 8chan with the words, “I’m probably going to die today.”

The document went online about 20 minutes before the shooting began. It is filled with white nationalist ideas about immigrants taking jobs, and his fear that an increasing number of latinos in Texas would make it a “Democratic stronghold.”

On Twitter, the focus is on how white nationalism is on the rise along with domestic terrorism. There are calls for gun control measures and a rejection of the standard offering of “thoughts and prayers.”

Senator Sherrod Brown appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, saying that not much is publicly known yet about the Dayton shooter, but he does fit the profile according to conversations with Mayor Whaley.

“The mayor said it was—a young white male,” said Brown. “I believe she may have said his age, I believe early 20s but I don’t know for sure. He came not from the city of Dayton, he came from a town in Montgomery County nearby, that is the county Dayton is in and that is all that I know.”

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*First Published: August 4, 2019, 7:16 am