The country has had more mass shootings in 2019 than days in the year. A mass shooting in Dayton this weekend marked the 251st shooting this year.
A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killed 20 people and wounded 27 on Saturday. In an unrelated incident in Dayton, Ohio, the next day, a mass shooter fired dozens of shots, killing 9 people. This was the 251st mass shooting in the US this year - more shootings than days that have actually passed this year. Also, this weekend, at least 3 people were killed and at least 40 injured in two shootings across Chicago.
This was a punch to the gut.— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) August 4, 2019
I checked in with a law enforcement official for updates on the latest mass shooting. The reply: “You’ll have to be more specific regarding which massacre you’re referring to.”
The Dayton shooting occurred outside a local bar in Dayton's Oregon District, leaving 9 dead and 26 injured. Reports say that the shooter, identified as, 24-year-old Connor Betts, carried a .223-caliber high capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines. He was also equipped with body armor, a mask, and additional magazines. Authorities say that the weapon used in the shooting was ordered online from Texas and transferred to the suspect at a local firearms dealer near Dayton, CNN reports. The shooter was killed by police within seconds of opening fire, and police say that they found writings linked to the shooter that showed he had an interest in killing people. Among the victims of the Dayton shooting was the suspect's sister, Megan K. Betts. President Trump told reporters on Sunday that “a lot of things are in the works” regarding action against gun violence. “We’ve done actually a lot but perhaps more has to be done," he said, also connecting the shootings to a "mental illness problem", according to CNN. The President ignored other questions on the subject, including those on white nationalism that were connected to the El Paso shooting.
....this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The El Paso mass shooting is being treated as a case of domestic terrorism, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas said on Sunday. The shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 20 dead and 27 injured. A 21-year-old white male suspect has been charged with capital murder and is being held on no bond. US Attorney John Bash said that the event "appears to be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least." According to Bash, the Justice Department is "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty. Authorities are also investigating a racist, anti-immigration document posted online minutes before the shooting. The "manifesto" is filled with nationalist language and racism aimed at Latinx and Hispanic people, and announces that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that 7 Mexican nationals were killed in El Paso during this incident.
Me confirma nuestro cónsul otra víctima mexicana en El Paso,Texas : Ivan Filiberto Manzano de Ciudad Juárez,Chihuahua. Nuestras condolencias a sus familiares y amigos . En total a esta hora son 7 connacionales fallecidos que hemos podido confirmar.— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 5, 2019
CNN reports that local officials in El Paso believe some mass shooting victims didn’t seek medical treatment because of their immigration status. America is in dire shape. pic.twitter.com/E68hiCN5H2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 3, 2019
Using a white supremacist mass shooting as leverage for white supremacist legislation takes some real chutzpah pic.twitter.com/Xawgynqu2e— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
The NRA has released a statement on its Twitter page following the shootings, extending sympathies to the communities in Dayton and El Paso. "The NRA is committed to the safe and lawful use of firearms by those exercising their Second Amendment Freedoms", the statement reads.
Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood in the West Side saw two mass shootings overnight, killing at least 5 people and wounding over 40. According to CBS News, the latest shooting happened 3:40 a.m. on Sunday at a local block party. Police said unknown suspects fired shots into a large group of people. Earlier that night, 7 were wounded in a shooting near a playground in Douglas Park. Authorities say the victims were standing in the park when someone in a black Camaro pulled up and started shooting. No arrests have been reported yet. Several of the victims have been taken to Mount Sinai hospital for treatment.
However, according to CNN, the hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning, because they were at capacity following the shootings in the city. Police Chief Eddie Johnson addressed the press on Sunday, noting three different shootings around the city. "You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what's going on," Johnson said. "Not only in Chicago, but across the country. From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators -- we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed." Mount Sinai resumed accepting patients a few hours after it was put "on bypass", a term which means that a hospital stops accepting ambulances, directing them instead to other trauma centers.
A shooting at a shopping centre in #Texas has left 20 people dead and 26 others are hurt - police in the US are treating the attack last night as a possible hate crime. #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/x20XDwvT7l— CapitalLivNews (@CapitalLivNews) August 4, 2019
A tragic 24 hrs for our country. Our thoughts & condolences are with everyone affected by this senseless gun violence. In Chicago, we are investigating 2 multiple victim shootings in the Ogden District & there is no known connection to El Paso or Dayton. pic.twitter.com/zEhX3Swx60— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 4, 2019