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(AP) – It took just 30 seconds in Ohio and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters this weekend, but not before 30 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

On Monday, El Paso police announced on Twitter that another victim died at the hospital, bringing the total killed to 21.

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Sad to report that the number of fatalities increased by one. Victim passed early this morning at the hospital.

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Officers gunned down the Ohio shooter at the doorstep of a bar-turned-hiding place in the middle of Dayton’s nightclub district, and arrested the El Paso shooter as hundreds fled a crowded shopping center. Though the two attacks staggered a nation accustomed to gun violence, the bigger shock may have been that the death toll wasn’t worse.

In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during the busy back-to-school season. The attack killed 21 and wounded more than two dozen, many of them critically.

Hours later in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area, killing nine and injuring at least 26 people.

A memorial continues to grow in Dayton, where nine people were gunned down and another 27 were hurt in a mass shooting early Sunday.
A memorial continues to grow in Dayton, where nine people were gunned down and another 27 were hurt in a mass shooting early Sunday. (Source: Amber Jayanth)

The attacks came less than a week after a 19-year-old gunman killed three people and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival in California before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The El Paso shooting was being investigated as a possible hate crime as authorities worked to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly beforehand was written by the man arrested. The border city is home to 680,000 people, many of them Latino.


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