stuff: Nine people are dead and 16 wounded after a gunman opened fire in the US state of Ohio, hours after 20 people died in a mass shooting in a shopping centre at El Paso, Texas.
The shooting began shortly after 1am local time (5pm NZ time). Videos from the scene show more than five bodies on the ground, covered by white sheets. In another video, shot after shot can be heard.
Dayton Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper said officers were at the scene in Oregon District when the mass shooting occurred. Officers returned gunfire, fatally wounding the gunman after he took nine lives.
#OregonDistrict #update Lt. Col. Carper: at 1:22am active shooter situation began in oregon district. The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries.
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
MSNBC anchor Kendis Gibson tweeted that a Miami Valley Hospital spokesperson confirmed 16 victims from the shooting had been taken to the hospital, but the extent of the injuries, and their ages, were unknown.
Witnesses said there were what sounded like “40 or 50 shots” outside Ned Peppers Bar.
“There’s dead people on the road everywhere… there was just a mass shooting down here,” one man at the scene said in a video posted to Facebook.
James Williams posted a video to Facebook in which he described seeing the massacre unfold.
He said the shooter was a man armed with a rifle, an AR-15, wearing earmuffs and a vest. The gunman “just started blowing bullets everywhere”.
“Outside the patio where I was sitting there was at least eight dead victims, I don’t know how many people have been taken away from other locations. It’s awful, I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
A number of bodies were seen covered by white sheets.
The shooting came less than a day after a gunman in El Paso, Texas, left at least 20 dead and 26 others wounded inside a Walmart store.
Last week, a gunman killed three people and wounded 13 others in a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.
The US has now had 250 mass shootings so far in 2019.
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