Authorities investigate two back-to-back mass shootings

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Published on August 5, 2019 - Duration: 02:49s

Authorities investigate two back-to-back mass shootings

Two mass shootings that killed 30 people, including the assailant in Ohio, reverberated across the U.S. on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for gun control measures and raising concerns over domestic terrorism.

Chris Dignam has more.

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Authorities investigate two back-to-back mass shootings

As the country reels from two back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio - with a combined death toll of 30 people - police and FBI agents in both states on Sunday were still investigating the motives of the two gunmen, as authorities grappled with heightened concerns over domestic terrorism.

In Dayton, Ohio, police showed footage of the less than one-minute rampage in the city's downtown Oregon district, in which the suspect was shot and killed by police, but not before nine people - including the suspect's sister - died in the massacre.

In El Paso, Texas, police released the mug shot of 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, who is suspected of killing 20 people at a crowded Walmart before surrendering to police.

Authorities in El Paso said the rampage in the heavily Hispanic border city appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime and federal prosecutors are treating it as a case of domestic terrorism.

More than 50 people were also wounded in the Saturday and early Sunday attacks, which occurred within just 13 hours of each other.

The shooting in El Paso sent panicked shoppers running through the packed Walmart - many of them there to shop for back-to-school supplies.

The carnage there ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Pope Francis condemned the spate of attacks on who he described as "defenseless people" in the U.S., including a rampage last Sunday in Gilroy, California, that killed three people and wounded about a dozen.

Democrats responded to the pair of shootings with renewed calls for tighter gun control measures, while Republican senators from Ohio and Texas called for better treatment for mental illness.

President Donald Trump on Sunday offered his condolences to the victims' families, and said he would deliver a statement on the issue of gun violence on Monday morning.

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