Crowd at Dayton shooting vigil pleads with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to 'do something!'

Posted at 11:50 PM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 12:10:17-04

DAYTON, Ohio — The crowd’s anguished pleas sent a clear message to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and – maybe all politicians - at a vigil for the weekend mass shooting victims Sunday night.

Many in the crowd of hundreds chanted “Do something! Do something!” while DeWine was at the podium promising to do “everything that we can... to tell you that we care."

"We are here tonight because we know that we cannot ease the pain of those families who have lost someone," DeWine said. "We also know that we want do something."

Before the vigil, DeWine spoke one-on-one to WCPO anchor Tanya O’Rourke and said he instructed his team to look at mental health issues in light of early Sunday's shootings outside bars at the Historic Oregon District.

WATCH O'Rourke's report:

As for restricting weapons, DeWine told O’Rourke this:

"Three things have to take place.

"Number one, it has to be constitutional.

Number two, it has to pass in the state legislature. It does no good for me to come up with a plan if it can't pass.

"And number three, it has to help. It has to work or improve the situation. If we can do all of those things, we ought to be doing it."