A “very safe area” of downtown Dayton, Ohio was the scene of another mass shooting overnight. Earlier in the day a mass shooting took place at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
USA Today reports the Dayton, Ohio shootings occurred at 1 a.m. EDT in the 400 block of East 5th Street where Ned Peppers bar is located.
The downtown area is known as the Oregon District and has many bars and restaurants. The shooter tried to get into the Ned Peppers but was stopped. Eyewitness, Anthony Reynolds, describes what he saw:
Gunshots in Dayton, Ohio, started to ring out shortly after 1 a.m. in the Oregon district, leaving people running for their lives. Anthony Reynolds, an eyewitness who was at the scene of the Dayton shooting, recalls the shocking scene. pic.twitter.com/jGndCQLHGW
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Assistant police chief Matt Carper said in a press conference that at 1 a.m. there was an “active shooter situation in the Oregon District… we had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims. Right now, the shooter is deceased from gunshot wounds from the responding officers. We have nine victims deceased in addition to that, and we have approximately 16 more victims hospitalized right now in unknown conditions…This is a very tragic incident.”
“Downtown Dayton is a very safe area. This is unheard of and very sad. It’s a very tragic evening.”
Miami Valley Hospital received dozens of patients from the shooting.
Please pray for all of the victims in the two mass shootings yesterday.