Dayton's mayor asks 'why' after Sunday morning mass shooting

Posted at 6:49 AM, Aug 04, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio — After a Sunday morning mass shooting left nine people, plus the suspect, dead and 26 others injured, Dayton, Ohio's mayor asked why?

"Why does Dayton have to be the 250th mass shooting in America?" Mayor Nan Whaley asked. "El Paso was 249, Dayton is 250 this year."

The shooting took place Sunday around 1 a.m. near Ned Pepper's, a bar in the Historic Oregon District, when a person opened fire on a crowd.

Whaley said the suspect "was wearing body armor, and used a .223 caliber, high capacity magazine. He had additional magazines."

Officials said uniformed officers with the Dayton Police Department were patrolling the area before the shooting and were on scene immediately. These officers shot and killed the suspect. The incident, from the first shot to when the officers shot the suspect, lasted less than a minute.

"The officers were there less than a minute from the beginning of the shooting," Whaley said. "The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. And if we did not have police in the Oregon District... it is a terrible day for Dayton, but I am so grateful for Dayton police's fast action."

The shooter's motive is not known at this time.

Whaley said she and other Dayton officials will provide an update around 10 a.m.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.