Two U.S. Mass Shootings Within 24-Hours

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Nine people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in as many days.
     
Police in Dayton, Ohio say the suspected shooter was wearing body armor and is also deceased, taken down by police as he used a long gun to fire at people outdoors in the city's downtown entertainment district at about 1 am.
     
At least 16 others were injured.
     
Lieutenant-Colonel Matt Carper says investigators have not yet identified the suspect or a motive.

The Ohio shooting comes as authorities are investigating the possibility yesterday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that left 20 people dead and 26 injured was a hate crime.


     
They are working to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online before the attack was written by the suspect who was arrested at the shooting scene at a Walmart and shopping area.
     
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke arrived in El Paso last night, where he was born and served as mayor.
     
He said President Donald Trump's rhetoric targeting Hispanic immigrants bares some responsibility for the attack. 

From his golf resort in New Jersey, Trump said the El Paso shooting is not only a tragedy, but an act of cowardice and he condemned what he called a "hateful act."    

Sunday's shooting in Dayton is the 22nd mass killing of 2019 in the U.S., according to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks homicides where four or more people killed -- not including the offender. The 20 mass killings in the U.S. in 2019 that preceded this weekend claimed 96 lives.

- (with files from CTV and the Canadian Press)