The US was stunned by a mass shooting in El Paso Texas and another in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend.
Texas mass shooting
On Saturday (August 3) 10:00 am local time, gunshots were heard in a Walmart shopping center at El Paso, Texas. At least 20 people were reported dead and 26 others were injured during the incident. Seven Mexican nationals were among the 20 people who were killed according to Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard.
A 21-year-old from Allen, Texas is considered as the suspect in the mass shooting. He is now in custody after surrendering to the police. Investigators are treating the shooting as domestic terrorism.
It’s estimated that up to 3,000 shoppers and 100 employees were inside the Walmart building during the mass shooting.
Ohio mass shooting
Just a few hours after the dreadful incident in Texas, rounds of gunshots were also heard at Dayton, Ohio. It was 1:05 early in the morning of Sunday when gunshots ring out at the Oregon District. The shooting only lasted for 30 seconds but the gunman was able to kill nine people and injured 27 people.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says his officers heard the gunshots, saw people fleeing and immediately ran toward danger.
“The officers immediately advanced toward the gunfire and within approximately 20 seconds, they engaged the suspect, who was actively firing and attempting to enter a crowded liquor establishment,” the police chief said.
The suspected shooter is a 24-years-old from Bellbrook, Ohio was killed on the spot after exchanging fire with the police. He was said to have a history of violence. As a high school student, he was reported to have a “kill list” and “rape list” with names of men and women.
The suspected shooter also killed his sister during the mass shooting.
Prayers for the victims
The USA is mourning for the tragic incidents that took many lives. All of the flags at the White House and government buildings were also flown at half-mast in accordance with an order given by President Trump.
Let us pray for the victims of the mass shooting and their families. May God comfort them in their time of grieving. Let us also pray for healing for those who were injured during the incidents.