Following the two mass shootings that left 29 dead, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that “hate has no place” in the United States. On Saturday morning, at a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas, 20 innocent people were shot dead while shopping which turned the everyday life into nightmares of bloodsheds. The dreadful incident has raised accusations that Trump’s rhetoric was part of the problem.
Nine more were also shot dead just after 13 hours of the incident, outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton. Trump said, “Hate has no place in our country,” and also blamed mental illness for the violence.
“This is also a mental illness problem if you look at both of those cases,” Trump added. The President further claimed, “These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill.”
“We have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years… and years in our country,” the president said.
Total 26 people were wounded in Texas and 27 in Ohio, where the shooter was killed by police who were monitoring nearby and prevented a casualty that would have been more dangerous.
At a news conference, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that the quick police response was “crucial,” preventing the shooter from entering a bar where “there would have been… catastrophic injury and loss of life.”
The police chief further stated that the gunman wore a mask and a bullet-proof vest and was armed with an assault rifle fitted with a 100-round drum magazine. Anthony Reynolds, a man who was present at the time of shooting outside the Dayton bar, said: “You could see the bodies actually start to fall and we knew it was bigger than just even a shoot-out.”
In the El Paso shooting, six of the 20 killed people belonged to Mexico, said the country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday. The latest two shootings ended a particularly tragic week for gun violence in America.