Dayton Shooting- 9 Dead, 26 Injured, Suspect Dead
Police officers nearby when a Dayton shooting erupted at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning were able to put down the gunman “less than a minute” from when he opened fire. Even so, 9 people are dead and 26 injured.
“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. If we did not have police in the Oregon District … what we could have had in this city…” Mayor Nan Whaley
The shooting took place outside the Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton, Ohio. According to the mayor, the suspect was wearing body armor and had extra magazines for his .223 rifle. The bar is in the historic “Oregon district” of Dayton, where there are numerous restaurants, bars, and theaters. Residents described the district as “safe.”
“People my age, we don’t think something like this is going to happen. And when it happens, words can’t describe it.” Nikita Papillon, 23, witness to AP
Police checked businesses nearby for additional victims.
“This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton. In our Oregon District, this is unheard of.” Lt Col Matt Carper, Dayton Police
Panicked people stampeded out of the area, leaving their shoes behind as they ran. Witnesses stated they saw “bodies everywhere” and many “walking wounded.” Police said that some people may come forward later when they realize they need treatment. But currently the count is 26 injured.
Long told Fox News that most of the gunshot wounds were lower extremities, while one person had a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. Long told Fox News she expected the number of patients to rise, and that people will realize they need to be seen “once the shock wears off.”
One newspaper reporter told a local radio station that abandoned shoes were seen in the area of the shooting — left behind as panicking people fled. Police tape could be seen on Sunday morning near a pile of shoes outside the bar where the gunfire erupted.
The Dayton shooting was less than 24 hours after the El Paso shooting. The suspect has not yet been identified to the media.
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