What you need to know about Dayton and El Paso shootings

What you need to know about Dayton and El Paso shootings
What you need to know About Dayton and El Paso shootings

What you need to know

Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, are reeling after a pair of mass shootings left at least 31 people dead across the two cities.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to visit both cities on Wednesday.

We’re wrapping up our live coverage, but here’s what we know so far about the two attacks:

El Paso:

  • What happened: A gunman shot and killed at least 22 people in an El Paso Walmart on Saturday. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, has been charged with capital murder.
  • Possible hate crime: The Justice Department is also “seriously considering” bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, US Attorney John Bash said in a news conference.
  • The white nationalist document: Police say a racist, anti-immigrant document they believe was written by the suspect has a “nexus to a potential hate crime.” The four-page document posted online espouses white nationalist and racist views.

Dayton:

  • What happened: Another nine people were killed in a shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio. The suspect in that shooting is also dead.
  • Possible motive: At a news conference on Tuesday, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the gunman had “expressed the desire to commit a mass shooting.” The FBI said the gunman was “exploring violent ideologies,” but added that it had not made a final determination on his motive.
  • About the shooter:A Twitter account that appears to belong to Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts retweeted extreme left-wing and anti-police posts, as well as tweets supporting Antifa, or anti-fascist, protesters.

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