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Dayton shooting: What we know now

Dayton shooting: What we know now

A gunman killed at least nine people and injured 26 others in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, police said early Sunday. 

The armed assailant was killed by officers responding to the call. The FBI has joined the investigation. Early Sunday morning, witnesses took to social media to report shots fired and police and ambulances in the area known as the Oregon District.

It was the second mass shooting in less than 24 hours. Late Saturday morning, a different gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 and wounding 26 others.

Here’s what we know about the Dayton shooting right now:

Where did the shooting take place?

The shootings occurred at 1 a.m. EDT in the 400 block of East 5th Street, police said. Though the trendy area has many bars and restaurants, the incident occurred outside.

“Downtown Dayton is a very safe area,” said Assistant Chief of Police Matt Carper. “This is unheard of and very sad. It’s a very tragic evening.”

How many victims are there?

Nine people were killed and at least 26 were injured during the shooting, according to police.

Miami Valley Hospital said it received 16 patients from the shooting, but their conditions were not immediately available, said spokeswoman Terrea Little.

What is the latest info on the shooter?

The shooter, whose identity has yet to be disclosed, also was killed, Carper said.

Deb Decker, Montgomery County (Ohio) Emergency Services public information officer, told CNN a gunman dressed in body armor and carrying an “assault weapon” began shooting near a pub called Blind Bob’s. She said he was making his way toward a nearby tavern, Ned Peppers, when someone grabbed the barrel of the gun.

Decker said the shooter then drew a handgun, but that police arrived and fatally shot him.

Contributing: Sharon Coolidge, Sam Greene, Randy Tucker, Cincinnati Enquirer; John Bacon, USA TODAY. Follow N’dea Yancey-Bragg on Twitter: @NdeaYanceyBragg

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