Just hours after a gunman killed 20 people and injured dozens of others in El Paso, Texas — another shooter strikes in downtown Dayton.  This time as many as 9 people are killed.  Officials say it happened in a popular area of downtown where there are numerous restaurants and bars called the Oregon District.  Dayton Police say the suspect in the shooting is also dead.   They say the suspect was wearing body armor as he made his way towards a bar called Ned Peppers.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement:

“Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families. I have spoken with Mayor Nan Whaley and offered any assistance on behalf of the state. I have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous act. I commend Dayton Police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response to save lives and bring an end to this tragedy.

“I have ordered that flags in Ohio remain at half mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives this morning.”

Be sure to tune in to Canton’s Morning News with Pam Cook at 5:30 Monday morning for the latest.