US mass shootings: 9 killed in Ohio, 20 in Texas; over 40 injured


Twenty people were killed and 26 others were injured after a 21-year-old armed white man opened fire on Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas officials said.

According to reports, the suspect was arrested outside a Walmart store near the Cielo Vista Mall, eight kilometres from a border checkpoint.

Police confirmed that a 21-year-old from Allen, Texas, was the only person in custody. US media identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius, a white male.

Speaking to reporters, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “Lives were taken who should still be with us today. Twenty innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives and more than two dozen more are injured.”

He added: “We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder but also as a hate crime, which is exactly what it appears to be.”

Yet in another mass shooting, at least nine people were killed and 16 others injured in a shooting that occurred in an Ohio arts district.

Dayton Police Dept. wrote in a tweet, “#OregonDistrict #update Lt. Col. Carper: at 1:22am active shooter situation began in oregon district. The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries.”