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White Terrorist Opens Fire in Dayton, Kills 9 People in 30 Seconds

Just thirteen hours after a 19-year-old white supremacist killed 20 people at an El Paso Walmart, another 24-year-old white terrorist wearing body armor killed 9 in Dayton, Ohio at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police have confirmed that suspect Connor Betts killed his sister, Megan Betts, during his attack. The timeline of events and his motives are still unknown.

Lieutenant Matt Carper describes the Ohio District as “a safe part of downtown.”

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Thousands of people were out enjoying their summer night when Betts opened fire. The victims were likely those waiting in line outside to get into Ned Peppers bar. At least 27 people were treated for injuries, though others have reported that they did not seek hospital treatment for wounds from shrapnel and glass shards.

Nikita Papillon told Los Angeles Times that she had just walked across the street from Ned Peppers when the shooting started. Papillon just made conversation with a girl who “told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute.” Papillon saw her body on the ground minutes later.

Police say that the “very short timeline of violence” suggests Betts had no time to discriminate based on race.

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That said, six of his victims were black. Still, police are saying there is “no evidence to suggest there is a biased motive in this crime at this time.”

Betts killed 9 people, including his sister, in just 30 seconds.

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Police are continuing to investigate a motive, but have confirmed that the two rode to the bar together. Megan’s boyfriend survived the shooting and is likely a key source in understanding Betts’ motive.

The other victims were Louise Ogelsby, 27; Said Saleh, 38; Derek Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer White, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39.

Betts used a .223 caliber assault-style rifle plus this hundred-round magazine.

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Mayor Whaley said that “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” had the police not responded so quickly.

During a press conference, Trump wondered out loud, “Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time in less than a minute?” Many Americans are taking that question a step further with an answer: pass gun reform laws that would ban the sale of a weapon that could inflict so much bloodshed so quickly.

Surveillance footage shows a couple hugging one minute, and running for their lives the next.

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The couple was outside on the patio with other bar goers and you can see them hugging. Seconds later, they ran inside as you see Betts walking down the street.

At least six officers fired off a round of ammo within 30 seconds of the first gunshot, killing the shooter. They removed his rifle from underneath him and put him in handcuffs.

After the threat was neutralized, officers started asking survivors for belts to use as tourniquets.

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Survivor James Williams told The New York Times he ran over to the scene to find bodies on the ground, and offered his belt. Williams had just watched the news of the El Paso shooting that morning and thought it was “just another mass shooting that we hear about all the time, and you never think it’s going to hit home.”

Another survivor attempted CPR on a victim. “He was gurgling” she told NYT. “I looked him in the eye. I tried to talk to him. I said ‘Hang on, buddy.’” He died.

Survivor Cassandra Lopez was “trampled.”

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Lopez was heading out the back door of the bar to get some air when gunshots were fired. Everyone fell to the floor and for two minutes, she was “trampled.” Lopez told police, “We just couldn’t get up. Too many people. Shoes everywhere.”

In a press conference, Trump blames the recent mass shootings on “a mental illness problem.”

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“We’re talking to a lot of people and a lot of things are in the works and a lot of good things. And we’ve done much more than most administrations. And it is just not really talked about very much, but we’ve actually done a lot,” Trump begins his statement.

“But perhaps more has to be done. But this is also a mental illness problem if you look at both of these cases. This is mental illness. These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill. So a lot of things are happening. A lot of things are happening right now.”

Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker is calling on the Senate to pass emergency legislation.

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The common denominator between both domestic terrorists this weekend is that they were angry, young white men with access to firearms intended to fire as many bullets as possible.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley remarked on the fourteen tornados that devastated Dayton in May, and said in a statement, “We have suffered two tragedies in Dayton this year, but one was avoidable. This same tragedy has been inflicted on our nation 250 times this year alone. When is enough, enough?”

A vigil is planned for 8 p.m. tonight.

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You can also donate to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, which was established in the wake of the tornados that destroyed homes in the city in May. In a press conference, Mayor Whaley suggested donating to the same fund which is helping families who could never have been prepared for this kind of tragedy.

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Here’s Why The Attack On Atlanta’s Asian-American Community Is A Crime Against Us All

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Here’s Why The Attack On Atlanta’s Asian-American Community Is A Crime Against Us All

Although the United States is seeing a growing movement for racial equality and justice, thanks in part to a growing national Black Lives Matter movement, racial minorities in this country continue to face violence.

We don’t yet know the exact motives behind the recent attack on the Asian-American community in Atlanta that has left eight dead, but it comes amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

Atlanta is mourning the loss of eight locals after gunman attacks Asian-American community.

A series of shootings over nearly an hour at three Atlanta-area massage parlors left eight people dead and raised fears that the attack was yet another hate crime against Asian-Americans.

The attacks began Tuesday when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor about 30 miles north of Atlanta. Two people died at the scene, and three were taken to a hospital where two died. About an hour later, police responding to a call about a robbery found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at another spa, near Atlanta’s Buckhead area. While there, the officers learned of a call reporting shots fired at another spa across the street, Aromatherapy Spa, and found another woman apparently shot dead.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the “horrific shootings” and administration officials have been in contact with the mayor’s office and the FBI.

“Our hearts are breaking for the victims and their families, and we’re certainly keeping them in our prayers,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “We’ll let the investigation continue, but it was a tragic night in our state.”

The gunman was apprehended by authorities and taken into custody.

Robert Aaron Long, a white man, 21, was apprehended in South Georgia Tuesday night and has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

“A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “I have remained in close contact with the White House and APD as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city.”

Long told investigators he frequented the types of businesses targeted in the Tuesday shootings, calling them a “temptation he wanted to eliminate.”

The attack highlights the growing threats that the Asian & Pacific Islander community faces in the U.S.

The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

We don’t yet know exactly what motivated the alleged killer, but we do know that hate crimes against Asian Americans have been on the rise since the start of the Covid pandemic in the US.Asian Americans have reported being targeted at least 500 times in the first two months of this year, according to the organization Stop AAPI Hate with a total of 3,795 complaints received over the past year. The majority of these — 68% — were verbal harassment, while 11% involved physical assaults.

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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