2 mass shootings in less than a day leave at least 29 dead and 53 injured

The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, happened only 13 hours apart, highlighting America’s ongoing struggle with gun violence.

The suspect has been identified by authorities as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male.

His sister, Megan Betts, 22, was one of the victims. The others 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.

After Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Sunday there was “nothing” in Betts’ record that would have prevented him from buying firearms, high school classmates of the shooter told the Associated Press he made a “hit list” and “rape list” targeting classmates while in school.

When the hit list came out in 2012, about a third of students at Bellbrook High School, where the shooter attended, skipped school out of fear according to the Dayton Daily News. Chris Baker, the former Bellbrook principal, confirmed to the Dayton paper that the gunman was suspended for causing a lockdown when he wrote a hit list on a bathroom wall.

“My name was on the rape list,” one woman who asked not to be named told AP, saying police called her during her freshman year to let her know she was a potential target. She said after his suspension, the gunman returned to school, and she didn’t receive any warning.