Police respond to ‘mass shooting’ in Dayton, Ohio

Dayton shooting: Nine confirmed killed, shooter also dead
This is the second mass shooting in the United States in less than 24 hours.

Police confirmed that nine people were killed and at least 16 injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

The first reports arrived at approximately 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT) of a shooting outside a bar in the city’s Oregon district.

Police confirmed the shooter was killed at the scene. The victims have been taken to several hospitals.

The incident occurred just hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left at least 20 people dead.

“We had officers in the vicinity when this shooting started and we were able to respond and put an end to it quickly,” the Dayton Police Department wrote in a tweet. Authorities have asked for witnesses.

Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper told reporters that patrol officers managed to take down the shooter.

“Our people are very well trained for a situation like this,” he said, adding that he was “very fortunate that the officers were very close.”

Nothing is yet known about him, but Officer Carper said they were “eager to discover” a motivation.

What happened in Dayton?

Images posted on social media showed people running as dozens of shots echoed in the streets.

The shooting is believed to have taken place outside Ned Peppers Bar on E 5th Street. A note saying staff members were safe appeared on Ned Peppers’ Instagram page and on the nearby Facebook page of The Hole in the Wall bar.

Jae Williams told the BBC he was in a close rap performance when they were told to evacuate.

“I was very surprised,” he said. “We all evacuate quickly and safely. They told us to avoid the Oregon district.”

“I got to my car, I could see cops, several ambulances. When I walked past I saw a lot of cops and ambulances.”

Emergency services gathered at the corner of E 5th Street and Wayne Avenue in the wake of the shooting.

FBI agents are also at the scene to assist in the investigation.

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