Two more US communities can now add their own names to the ever-growing list of those that have been afflicted by the scourge of mass shootings across the country in 2019.
It is sad fact that there has been more mass shooting across the United States this year than there have been days in the year, although many of these go unreported outside of the communities they effect.
However, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, are the latest places to join the long list of communities devastated by mass shootings on their own doorstep.
In comments to the press about the two latest incidents, President Trump, said: “I want to extend our condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. They’re incredible people and they’ve been through a lot.
“I just want to also thank the law enforcement in both places.
“I just want to say that these are two incredible places. We love the people. Hate has no place in our country. And we’re going to take care of it.
“I spoke with Attorney General Bill Barr at length; I spoke to Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI; I spoke to the governors — both governors — and we’re doing a lot of work. A lot of people are working right now — a lot of law enforcement people and others. I spoke to members of Congress about whatever we can do and a lot of — a lot of things are being done right now, as we speak.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray, said: “On behalf of the FBI, I offer sincere condolences to the victims, families, and communities affected by this weekend’s violence, and we stand by them during this difficult time. We will bring the full resources of the FBI to bear in the pursuit of justice for the victims of these crimes.
“I am proud of our state and local law enforcement partners and the immediate response of FBI agents, analysts, and professional staff, working in close coordination to assist them. I have been in contact with the president and the attorney general, and they both have expressed their support for the FBI’s work in the wake of these tragedies.”
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, said: “Our community has been resilient and we will not be defined by this weekend’s senseless act of violence.
“We will stay united as we work through the long healing process. We are incredibly proud of all our local, state, and federal first responders.”
Although the loss of life in the second incident in Dayton, Ohio, saw a smaller loss of life it has been reported that one of the victims was the sister of the gunman.
However, in Dayton, Ohio, Dayton police chief Richard Biehl said that it was unclear whether the suspect, 24-year-old Connor Betts, intended to kill his sister.