Terrorist attacks in El Paso and Dayton: at least 29 dead
Yes, we are using the “T” word.
The overnight dispatch from Shooting Gallery America:
A gunman opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after 1 a.m Sunday morning killing nine people—the second large-scale mass shooting in 24 hours.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said officers who responded to the shooting within seconds saved “literally hundreds of lives” by denying the gunman entrance into the crowded bar. Eyewitnesses said someone grabbed the rifle out of the gunman’s hands.
Another 26 people were injured in the attack, according to Whaley, who said said the gunman wore body armor, used a high capacity rifle and carried extra magazines.
The good news: there one less terrorist to clog America’s legal system. Per the BBC, “Police confirmed they killed the gunman at the scene within a minute of him opening fire.”
Yesterday, as reported by the NY Daily News:
A rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at a sprawling El Paso shopping center packed with back-to-school shoppers Saturday, killing 20 people and injuring at least 26 more, officials said.
Patrick Crusius, 21, of suburban Dallas, was arrested at a Walmart adjacent to the Cielo Vista Mall after the 10 a.m. attack in the west Texas city, the Associated Press reported. …
Shoppers at the Walmart ran through the aisles in panic after the shots started ringing. The gunman reportedly left bloodshed and terror in his wake as he moved from the Walmart parking lot to the inside of the store.
One video showed several bodies lying in the store parking lot, including several near a table by the Walmart entrance where people appear to have been raising money for charity.
A surveillance photo showed a man identified as Crusius wearing cargo pants, a black T-shirt and shooting earmuffs as he strode into the store.
Here’s a fun v=fact: Dallas is about a ten-hour drive from El Paso, which means Crusius went out of his way to find an outlet for his homicidal rage.
Here’s a second fun fact: Crusius apparently posted a manifesto to the extremist 8Chan forum.
in which he ascribed to white nationalist viewpoints. … Within his manifesto, portions of which are discussed in reporting from NewsOne, Crusius spoke of his opposition to “race mixing,” as well as his support of genocide as a means to reach his ends.
The shooter also spoke in favor to the idea of “send them back,” referring to immigrants and legal U.S. citizens who were born abroad who may voice dissatisfaction with this administration’s policies. A variation of such a chant was recently repeated by supporters of President Donald Trump during a political rally he hosted last month.
Social media postings discovered online, purportedly from the assailant, also demonstrate he was an ardent supporter of Trump and his ideas, including expressing vociferous support of extending a wall between the border of the United States and Mexico.
Social media has responded to both shootings:
The United States has crossed the line from "How many days since a mass shooting" to "How many mass shootings a day?"#EnoughIsEnough #Dayton #ElPaso
— Shypixel (@Shypixel) August 4, 2019
Trump has delivered American Carnage to the streets of our nation from #Dayton to #ElPaso And his only response to this is "thoughts and prayers." As a nation we deserve a leader who will actually address gun violence- now cower in fear to NRA!! pic.twitter.com/W50aSVAydP
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 4, 2019
Law enforcement said, entering Wal-Mart in El Paso was very chaotic bc they saw so many people carrying weapons, they were unsure which of them were killers.
Good people w/guns were unable to stop 1 bad man with gun.
More guns result in safety is a fallacy, @realDonaldTrump !
— Scotty D (@thedoggeneral1) August 3, 2019