29 killed in two separate mass shootings in US

Two mass shootings that killed 30 people, including the assailant in Ohio, reverberated across the US on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for gun control measures and raising concerns over domestic terrorism.
Shoppers leaving the store after the mass shooting in El Paso. The victims included children and the elderly. PHOTO: REUTERS A screengrab from security footage shows the gunman entering the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. PHOTO: AGENCE
A screengrab from security footage shows the gunman entering the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug 3, 2019.PHOTO: AFP
At least nine people were killed in a shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug 4, 2019.
At least nine people were killed in a shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug 4, 2019.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO/DOUGIE DOUG/FACEBOOK

EL PASO/DAYTON (United States) • Two mass shootings at crowded public places in Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours have claimed at least 29 lives and left scores injured - shocking carnage even in a country accustomed to gun violence.

In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire on Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during the busy back-to-school season, killing 20 and injuring more than two dozen, many of them critically.

Just hours later in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman wearing body armour and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area, killing nine and injuring at least 26 people.

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