A gunman killed at least nine people before being shot dead by police in the US city of Dayton in Ohio state, local police said on Sunday, the second mass shooting in the country in 24 hours.
Police responded to an active shooting in the Oregon District of the city at 1.22am local time, they said. At least 16 more people were injured in the shooting.
A Twitter account representing the Dayton Police Department had earlier tweeted that officers were “actively investigating an active shooter incident” in the Oregon District of Dayton. “Please avoid the area. More information to come,” the tweet said.
We are actively investigating an active shooter incident in the #OregonDistrict. Please avoid the area. More information to come.
The reports come a day after a gunman killed 20 in El Paso, Texas. The carnage ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, after a 1984 shooting in San Ysidro, California, that claimed 21 lives.
On Twitter, US President Donald Trump branded the shooting “an act of cowardice,” adding, “I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.”