Details have been flooding in about the overnight massacre in Dayton, Ohio and the afternoon attack in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Before the blood was even dry, politicians had already taken to social media and the networks to demand gun control.

Social media was filled with videos and images of the dead.

The national debate had once again begun.

The goal of this article is to simply cut through the noise to give you all of the important details known so far about both incidents, along with last week’s massacre as well.

Dayton, Ohio

At least 10 people are dead and another 16 wounded after gunfire broke out in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning.

Police say it all began around 1:22 a.m. in the city’s Oregon District and that officers were in the area when the shooting started.  Dayton police say they “were able to respond and put an end to it quickly.”  They ended the threat less than one minute after the shooting started.

We’re now learning that the suspect wore body armor, according to Deb Decker, Montgomery County Emergency Services public information officer.

 

According to witnesses, there were a number of “walking wounded” in the area.

According to one newspaper reporter, abandoned shoes were seen in the area of the shooting, which were left behind as panicked people fled.

 

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, but neither the shooter nor the victims were immediately identified.

A spokesperson for Miami Valley Hospital said 16 victims were being treated there, the same number of wounded reported by Lt. Col. Matt Carper of the Dayton Police Department.

 

The shooting happened near Ned Peppers Bar in the Oregon District, but Dayton police said they were checking other bars in the area for additional shooting victims.

The shooting reportedly took place near Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s Oregon District. But Dayton police were checking other bars in the area for the possibility of additional shooting victims.

“We’re trying to identify the motivation behind this,” said.

 

Ned Peppers Bar posted a message on Instagram:

“All of our staff is safe and our hearts go out to everyone involved as we gather information.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Ned Peppers (@nedpeppersdyt) on

The suspect was shot to death by police, who say that as far as they know, there was only the one suspect. They didn’t identify the weapon he used, but said it was a long gun with multiple rounds.

Carper said the Oregon District is very popular and usually a safe section of the city.

 

There was “a very short timeline of violence” because the officers were on their regular patrols of the district. “We’re very fortunate for that,” he said. “We had officers in the immediate vicinity when this shooting began and were able to respond and put an end to it quickly,” Carper said.

A number of area police departments responded to a “Signal 99” broadcast asking for all available police to respond to the district.

Agents with the FBI and ATF also responded.

The police department opened the Convention Center, near the Oregon District, for family members and friends who were disconnected from their family members and friends during the shooting. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 937-225-6217.

A bouncer at an establishment next door to Ned Peppers, who identified himself as Jeff, said he was 20 feet from the gunman and saw the muzzle flashes.

“He damaged our city,” said Jeff.

In a public Facebook post from a person named James Williams: “Sad people are not right. I’m safe. Happened right in front of the patio where I was sitting in front of Neds. The guy in front of Ned Peppers’ door is the active shooter. 

Someone told local media this is how it began:

“He tried to go into the bar but did not make it through the door. Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead. 

“There are at least eight people dead right by the picnic table where I was on the street. A bunch of people taken to the hospital. I don’t know how any… this place is a disaster.” 

Police were originally searching for a possible second shooter who they thought may have left the area.

It’s the second such massacre in less than 24 hours.

El Paso, Texas

Authorities in El Paso have just started investigating a massacre at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.

At least 20 people were killed in that shooting.

Multiple SWAT teams responded to the Walmart early Saturday afternoon.

El Paso police confirmed an “active shooter” and urged people to avoid the area.  About an hour later, they confirmed they had one person in custody and that the threat was over.

Initial reports came in of as many as three shooters – police later said that was not accurate.

 

Dan Patrick, Texas’ lieutenant governor, said that the suspect under arrest is a 21-year-old male. 

There are a number of reports on social media suggesting that a manifesto written by the alleged shooter has been making the rounds on various web sites. 

Law Enforcement Today has viewed a number of videos showing bodies strewn about the entrance to the Walmart.  Out of respect for the families, we will NOT be showing those videos.

 Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas  

A reunification center for families was set up at MacArthur Middle School, north of the mall.

El Paso police are reporting that the scene in still active and are warning all members of the public to avoid the area around I-10 and Airway to Hawkins.

Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas

Witness report that people are being escorted out of the mall with their hands in the air.

Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas

 

Employees at several nearby restaurants told CNN they see a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Landry’s Seafood House restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”

Ray Holgin was a witness.  He told local media outlets he was about to go into the Walmart when he heard at least 10 gunshots and that he thought he saw at least two people with guns.

He also said he saw an elderly lady, fall to the ground, but he’s not sure if she was shot.

 

Gilroy, California

The shooting comes less than a week after a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday evening in Northern California that left at least three people dead and 18 more wounded.

Police have released the identity of the shooter as 19-year-old Santino William Legan. Police shot and killed him when they responded to the active shooter scenario.

Here’s what we know about Legan so far.

Police identified the deceased gunman as 19-year-old Santino William Legan. (Instagram)

 

Legan was 19-years-old and is reportedly Italian and Iranian descent. Just hours before the festival, Legan posted to a now deleted Instagram account with a photo and the words, “Ayyy garlic festival time. Come get wasted on overpriced s–t.”

(Screenshot – Instagram)

 

Chilling comments followed on the post.

(Screenshot – Instagram)

 

Legan’s family apparently is well situated in the Gilroy community. His grandfather served as a Santa Clara County Supervisor and his father and brothers are reportedly well-known athletes. Police went to the location believed to be Legan’s home on Monday for a detailed search for a motive.

 

Legan allegedly was wearing fatigues and armed with a semi-automatic long rifle when he snuck through the woods and through a fence that bordered the food festival. Witnesses reported seeing him running through the grounds opening fire on anyone nearby.

 

“A lot of people started running toward us, yelling and screaming, that there was a guy shooting,” one witness said. “So we all panicked, dropped everything we had and ran with them, got into their trucks, jumped in with whoever we could jump in with. We got out of there. There were quite a few shots. It sounded like he reloaded. Because it stopped and then started again. … He was all in fatigues and had a machine gun and he was just shooting at everyone, randomly shooting.”

Another witness said, “He was walking like he wanted to get stuff done. It was horrifying. He was ready to do some damage.”

 

A quick Google search revealed that the park where the festival took place was listed as a “gun-free zone,” leaving festival-goers unarmed and ill-prepared to deal with any sort of threat.

When police responded to the scene immediately after Legan began shooting, they opened fire on the armed suspect, killing him. He was taken down just minutes after he began his attack.

Social media posts showed the terror that ensued as Legan began firing.

 

Police have confirmed that the dead include 6-year-old Stephen Luciano Romero, of San Jose. Other members of his family were shot, but survived their injuries.

The conditions of the wounded ranged from critical to fair.

 

The shooting started at 5:41 p.m. Sunday evening at Christmas Park. Police were on the scene within one minute.

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The Gilroy PD posted the following message on Twitter.

“The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. #GilroyActiveshooter … Witness line and family reunification line: 408-846-0583. If you saw something today please call that number immediately. Please keep the main GPD line for emergencies only.”

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