DonateUPDATE: A third mass shooting just happened in Douglas Park on Chicago’s West Side. At least 7 people were wounded in the incident.
The incident in Chicago became the 23rd mass shooting since the start of 2019 and the fifth over the past week.
At least 29 people were killed and dozens were wounded in two separate mass shootings in the US.
On August 4, 10 people, including the suspect, were killed in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and at least 16 others were taken to hospital with injuries, according to numbers provided by police.
Police said the suspect opened fire in the Oregon district of the city of Dayton at 1m local time (6am BST). He killed 9 people before he was shot and killed by responding officers.
The mayor of Dayton, Nan Whaley, revealed that the attacker gunman employed body armour, a 223-caliber rifle magazine and had additional high-capacity magazines with him.
“In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralised the shooter. While this is a terribly sad day for our city, I am amazed by the quick response of Dayton police. They saved literally hundreds of lives,” she said.
Matt Carper of the Dayton police department said the initial investigation suggested the shooter had been acting alone, but that inquiries were in their early stages.
The Ohio shooting came hours after a young man allegedly opened fire in a crowded shopping area in El Paso, Texas, leaving 20 dead and 26 others injured.
El Paso police identified the gunman as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old male from Allen, Texas, following the shooting at a Walmart store and elsewhere at the Cielo Vista Mall, one of the largest malls in El Paso. According to Greg Allen, the El Paso police chief, the killings could be a potential hate crime after police officers uncovered “a manifesto” linked to the suspect.
That mass shooting in Dayton became the 22nd mass killing in the US in 2019. The first 20 mass killings in 2019 claimed 96 lives.