Another mass shooting has taken place within the last 24 hours, but this time a gunman entered a nightclub district wearing body armor. The gunman is responsible for the deaths of nine people and injuring 26 more. The shooter was also killed by authorities. This comes on the heels of the El Paso, Texas, Walmart shooting Saturday morning.
The shooting took place in a popular nightclub district in Dayton, Ohio. The shooter, who was only identified as a 24-year-old white male, reportedly walked into the area with body armor and used .223 caliber ammo to carry out the attack, CNN reported.
The lone gunman was killed by officers within minutes of his rampage, according to Mayor Nan Whaley. She added: “In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter.”
“I really want to — think about that minute. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. And if we did not have police in the Oregon District and the thousands of people in the Oregon District enjoying their Saturday evening, what we could have had in this city,” Whaley concluded.
The attack started around 1 a.m. when the shooter fired multiple rounds from “a very large gun, in technical terms,” Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper said in a press conference early Sunday morning.
Whaley spoke about how much worse the situation could have been if officers were not in the vicinity. “What’s scary about that is that if they were not there, the hundreds of lost lives we would’ve had in the Oregon District,” she said.
The area that the shooting took place in typically has a very heavy police presence as there are a lot of bars and restaurants in the area, ABC News reported.
No officers were injured in the shooting. Police are still conducting their investigation, but they believe the shooter acted alone, according to preliminary reports.
Mike Turner, a Congressman for the state, claimed his daughter was across the street when the shooting started. “As they ran home, I followed their progress & prayed for them & our community. Thank you to @DaytonPolice for their bravery in stopping this evil,” he wrote in a tweet.