By Fox News. President Donald Trump on Sunday addressed the mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend.
He took the opportunity to thank law enforcement for their efforts and preparation for such a tragic event.
“My condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. They’re incredible people and they’ve been through a lot,” Trump said next to the First Lady outside at Morristown Airport in New Jersey.
“I just want to thank the law enforcement, in both places, the job they’ve done is incredible. I also want to congratulate them. No one could have done what they’ve done,” Trump said. “This could have been, as bad as it was, much worse. I just want to thank them. The job they’ve done is incredible. In El Paso, they were there so quickly. And in Dayton, less than a minute.”
“Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time, in less than a minute, and law enforcement acted and killed him and it would have been it would have been unbelievable. It was horrible but it could have been so much worse, it would have been so much worse,” Trump said. (Read more from “Watch: Trump Addresses the Nation Following Shootings in El Paso, Dayton” HERE)
Ohio Gunman Had Bulletproof Vest, Was Stopped Within 30 Seconds of Opening Fire Outside Bar, Police Say
By Fox News. The gunman in the deadly rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest, earplugs and was carrying a rifle capable of holding at least 100 rounds when he opened fire outside a bar, killed nine – including his sister – and injured more than two dozen, one in critical condition, police said Sunday.
Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters in a news conference on Sunday afternoon that the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, showed up to the city’s Oregon District around Fifth Street with his sister and a friend on Saturday night. He added the three separated at some point between when they arrived and when Betts opened fire, saying it is unknown what happened during that time.
Biehl said police officers in the area engaged him seconds after the first gunshots were heard and the gunman was “neutralized” within 30 seconds after the first of “dozens of rounds.” Betts was shot and killed by police before he entered Ned Peppers Bar. He was using a .223-caliber rifle.
“At 1:05 a.m. officers were patrolling the Oregon District during bar closing time and heard gunfire. They observed a large crowd running away from this gunfire,” Biehl told reporters.
“The officer’s immediately advance toward the gunfire and within approximately 20 seconds, they engaged the suspect who was actively firing and attempting to enter a crowded liquor establishment. The threat was neutralized in approximately 30 seconds of the suspect firing his first shot.” (Read more from “Ohio Gunman Had Bulletproof Vest, Was Stopped Within 30 Seconds of Opening Fire Outside Bar, Police Say” HERE)