Dayton, OH – An active shooter opened fire on a crowded area of downtown Dayton early Sunday morning, and was quickly neutralized by police officers.
The 24-year-old gunman was wearing a mask and body armor when he used a .223 rifle to open fire on a crowd at around 1 a.m., according to WSB.
Officers were on patrol in the area and engaged the suspect in a gunfight less than a minute after he started shooting, according to Mayor Nan Whaley.
The officers killed the shooter in the gunfight.
“If the Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people in the Oregon District would be dead today,” Mayor Whaley said.
Nine people were killed and 27 were wounded in the shooter’s brief attack.
The motive for the attack has not been released at this time, but Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi said that the mass-murder was an act of terror.
“In less than 24 hours, another American community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence, this time in Dayton, Ohio. The hearts of all Americans break for the families & friends of those injured & murdered in this act of terror. #EnoughIsEnough,” Rep. Pelosi tweeted.
Video has been posted online where sounds of the shooting could be heard.
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