By Evie Fordham and Shelby Talcott
Twenty people were killed in a shooting in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Saturday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said during a press conference.
The El Paso Police Department warned of an “active shooting” earlier in the day.
Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active.
— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
“Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,” the police department wrote Saturday on Twitter.
Suspects are in custody, the El Paso mayor’s chief of staff, Olivia Zepeda, said according to CNN. The number of shooters and victims is unknown.
A family who was near Walmart when shots rang out fled to a nearby restaurant, Landry’s Seafood, which went on lockdown.
“They are in shock right now. They were barely able to talk to us,” restaurant hostess Sofia Cervantes told USA Today.
News of the shooting in El Paso comes less than a week after a shooting in Gilroy, California, which left three people dead, including 6-year-old Stephen Romero.
At least nine people are dead and 26 injured following a mass shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, according to police.
#OregonDistrict #update Mayor Whaley: Suspect opened fire in the Oregon District wearing body armor.
There are 10 people dead including the shooter, 26 others injured.
Officers neutralized the shooter in less than a minute.
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Police killed the Ohio gunman within one minute of opening fire, according to Democratic Mayor Nan Whaley.
“I’m heartbroken,” Whaley tweeted Sunday morning.
I’m heartbroken. Thank you to our first responders for all that you’ve done. We will share updates as we have more information.
— Nan Whaley (@nanwhaley) August 4, 2019
Shots were first reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Dayton’s Oregon District, a downtown outdoor area filled with bars, restaurants and local businesses, according to ABC News. The shooting took place outdoors and police were able to respond quickly because they were already in the vicinity.
“Most of us can’t get to our cars because there are bodies scattered all over across the street from our cars,” an eyewitness told WKEF. “People that were shot, hit, innocent people – we can’t get home to our families now, and those people aren’t going home to their families either.”
The FBI and the Dayton police are investigating the shooting, ABC News reported.
Fourteen hours earlier marked the eighth-deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history when a 21-year-old allegedly opened fire in a Texas Walmart. Patrick Crusius, identified as the suspected shooter, surrendered to police and is in custody.
Five of the top 10 deadliest shootings have reportedly occurred since 2016.
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