Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, condemned the El Paso shooting that left at least 20 people dead, writing on Twitter Sunday that "white supremacy, like all other forms of terrorism, is an evil that must be destroyed".
It took just 30 seconds in OH and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters this weekend, but not before 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.
Trump said he would make an announcement on Monday regarding the issue. "These are people who are very, very seriously mentally ill". "We won't stop", he vowed.
The president has often denounced an "invasion" of migrants, he refused to explicitly condemn the far-right demonstrators at the violent 2017 protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he recently called for four young members of Congress, all women of color, to "go back" to their countries of origin.
Officers gunned down the OH 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.
In a press conference, Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl said it was too early to establish a "bias motive" in the second shooting.
Biehl said the gunman wore a mask and a bullet-proof vest and was armed with an assault rifle fitted with a 100-round drum magazine.
Betts' 22-year-old sister, Megan Betts, was among those killed in Dayton. She had gone with him to the scene of the shootings. Police said they were only aware of one shooter.
Police Chief Greg Allen said Sunday that shooting suspect Patrick Crusius, 21, is the man behind the hate-filled anti-immigrant manifesto posted just minutes before the massacre. "But that utopian dream has been exploded as El Paso has become the focal point of USA political struggles over immigration and race".
In a separate tweet Sunday, the President praised the law enforcement response in both tragedies, writing that it "was very rapid in both instances", and noting that federal, state and local officials are working together in both cities.
At the Walmart in El Paso, terrified shoppers cowered in aisles or ran out of the store as gunfire echoed.
- Researchers say there have been more mass shootings in the U.S.so far in 2019 than the number of days this year.
The shootings were the 21st and 22nd mass killings of 2019 in the USA, according to a mass murder database that tracks homicides where four or more people are killed - not including the offender.
Despite a string of horrific mass shootings in the U.S., where gun culture is deep-rooted, efforts to strengthen firearms regulations remain divisive.
That definition lumps incidents of more-routine domestic violence and inner-city gun crimes in with more highly-publicized school shootings and mass murder incidents like the ones in El Paso and Dayton.