Nine people were killed with 26 others injured early Sunday morning in a mass shooting near a bar in Dayton, a city in midwest U.S. state of Ohio, the authorities said. The gunman was shot dead at the scene by police.
The gunman, a 24-year-old white male, killed nine people including his younger sister. While the authorities have yet to determine the motive for the attack, they have confirmed that the firearms the suspect carried were purchased legally.
Last Saturday, a 21-year-old white male opened fire at throngs of shoppers in a Walmart, killing at least 20 and injuring 26 others. The suspect, now in custody, was identified as a 21-year-old white male from Texas.
The authorities are treating the tragedy as an act of domestic terrorism. The shooter may have penned a manifesto that is anti-immigrant before firing, although authorities are looking into whether the document belongs to him.
USPresident Donald Trump condemned the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as "hateful and cowardly acts." “We share in the pain and suffering of all those injured in these two senseless attacks,” he said in a statement released by the White House. Trump also ordered the flags on the White House, all public buildings, all military posts and facilities abroad to be lowered to half staff until sunset on Thursday, August 8.
Two U.S. mass shootings over the weekend underscore the problem of gun violence in the United States.
In 2019 alone, at least 55 people have been killed in mass shootings. TIME is defining a mass shooting as a shooting a public place in which at least three victims were killed.
The Dayton shooting was the fourth similar incident across the country in the past week. A week bookended by violence has left residents shaken, frustrated and grieving.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso native, told CNN that Mr Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric had stoked divisions.
"We have a problem with white nationalist terrorism in the United States of America today. These are white men motivated by the kind of fear that this President traffics in."
Donald Trump offered sincere condolences over the weekend, but it was not clear what, if any, policy changes he would pursue.
Trump wants to fight the nation's gun problem with more guns and has argued that trained teachers and others should carry guns to protect students and that laws to restrict guns would make everyone sitting ducks.