Beavercreek authorities are currently investigating a shooting that took place late Monday evening. Opening fire in a local Wal-Mart, the shooter injured four individuals before turning the gun on himself, police state.
The four victims were taken to Soin Medical Center, which happened to be just across the street from where the incident took place. The patients' conditions remain unknown.
Beavercreek Police Capt. Scott Molnar reported that no officers on the scene had fired at the suspect. The gunman's name and motive have not been released to the public at this time.
Police are reviewing further evidence to get a better understanding of the minutes leading up to the incident, and the minutes after.
Later that evening, police officials made a post on social media stating that the store was secured and there was no “active threat.” Additional information will be released by the proper authorities when it is available.
This has been the first significant shooting in the area since the 2019 Oregon District mass shooting. Connor Betts, 24, opened fire in the Oregon Historic District in Dayton where he murdered nine individuals, including his own brother, and injured another 17.
Betts had been fatally suppressed by officers only 32 seconds after the first shots had been fired. This ended up being the deadliest mass shooting in Ohio since the 1975 Easter Sunday Massacre.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, America has had close to 610 mass shootings so far in 2023 alone. This averages out to be close to two shootings per day.
Mass shootings are typically categorized as the murder or injury of at least four or more people. This would characterize the recent shooting in Beavercreek, Ohio as that of a mass shooting.
The impact of mass shootings on surrounding communities and their victims is apparent. Many individuals around the Dayton area struggled heavily after the Oregon District Shooting in 2019, and the lasting effects of this recent shooting are unknown.
In a statement to News Center 7, a Wal-Mart official said “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened at our Beavercreek, Ohio store. This remains a developing situation, and we’re working closely with investigators on the scene”.
Police officials will continue to provide the public with information as the investigation continues.
Edited by: Vicky Muzio
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