Mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio
The shooting happened outside the Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District, a busy neighborhood full of bars and restaurants in the historical center of Dayton.
Police said that "thousands of people" would be in the area on a summer Saturday night.
Dayton mayor Nan Whaley suggested the death toll would have been much higher if the police weren't in the district at the time.
“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," mayor Nan Whaley said during a news conference.
"If we did not have police in the Oregon District ... what we could have had in this city ...,” she added.
Nine people were killed and 26 injured after a shooter opened fire in a busy area in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio.
Here is what we know:
- Nine people are dead and 16 injured after the shooting at 1:22 a.m. ET.
- The shooter is also dead.
- Police officers were in the area when the shooting started and killed the shooter in "less than a minute," according to the authorities.
- The shooter was wearing body armor, used a “.223 high-capacity” gun and had additional magazines with him, according to Dayton mayor Nan Whaley.
Dayton mayor Nan Whaley praised the city's first responders for reacting quickly as the shooting unfolded.
Time and again, I as mayor have been amazed by Dayton first responders. If Dayton Police hadn’t gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people could be dead.
Whaley said thousands of people would have been in the area on a Saturday night in summer.
The shooter in Dayton was wearing body armor and used a “.223 high-capacity” gun and had additional magazines with him, Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said in a news conference.
“In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter," Whaley said.
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper of the Dayton Police specified the shooter was killed in less than a minute after the shooting started. He said officers were very close when the shooter opened fire.
Speaking about a possible motive of the shooter, Whaley said: “We don’t know the thoughts of the shooter at this time.”
Carper said it appeared there was only one shooter.
Dayton Police Department has established a family assistance center at the Dayton Convention Center.
Pope Francis offered his condolences Sunday to the victims of the multiple mass shootings in the US.
At the Angelus noon prayer in Italy, Francis said the attacks affected “defenseless people,” and also extended his “spiritual closeness,” to the victims of the California attack that happened earlier this week.
I express my spiritual closeness to the victims of the episodes of violence that these days have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, affecting defenseless people,” he said. “I invite you to join in my prayer for those who have lost their lives, for the wounded and their families.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered flags in the state to be lowered "in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives this morning."
DeWine said in a statement:
Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families."
The governor added: "I commend Dayton Police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response to save lives and bring an end to this tragedy."
DeWine said he had been briefed on the incident in Dayton by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. He said the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate the shooting.
Dayton mayor Nan Whaley will hold a news conference at 7 a.m. ET, according to Dayton Police department.
Whaley will talk to reporters at the Dayton Convention Center, where the local authorities set up a family assistance center for people concerned about their loved ones.
Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said he was "heartbroken" over the deadly shooting in her city.
Posting on her Twitter account, Whaley thanked the first responders and said the authorities would share updates once they have more information.