Mass Shooting in Dayton, Ohio, Kills at Least 9: Live Updates
Twenty-six others were wounded, the police said. It was the second American mass shooting in 24 hours, and the third in a week.
By Timothy Williams and Daniel Victor
Police officers were nearby, potentially averting a bigger tragedy.
At least nine people were killed and at least 27 were wounded in a shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, the second deadly American mass shooting in less than 24 hours and the third in a week.
The shooting began at 1:07 a.m. on East Fifth Street in the city’s Oregon entertainment district, which was bustling with more than one thousand late-night revelers enjoying a warm summer evening, Mayor Nan Whaley said. Uniformed officers on routine patrol in the area responded, shooting and killing the gunman within one minute of his first gunshots, she said.
“While this is a terribly sad day for our city, I am amazed by the quick response of Dayton Police that saved literally hundreds of lives,” she said at a news conference.
Ms. Whaley said that victims, including one who is in critical condition and several who were in serious condition, were receiving treatment at local hospitals.
An employee at Ned Peppers, a bar on the street, wrote in a post on Instagram that “all of our staff is safe and our hearts go out to everyone involved as we gather information.”
Little was immediately known about the gunman.
The police have not identified the gunman or a motive for the attack.
The gunman appeared ready to exact an even higher toll. He was outfitted in body armor and carried a rifle and multiple high-capacity magazines for it, Ms. Whaley said.
There were no immediate clues to what might have motivated him, the police said, and no manifesto or social media presence has been found so far.
“We understand that the public wants to know who this person is, and that will be released,” said Richard S. Biehl, Dayton’s police chief. “Obviously, we’re working very hard to give the public an answer as to what the motivation might have been.”