Hours of madness in America, from Texas to Ohio, and beyond

Opinion

August 6, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Customs and Border Patrol police walk past individuals that were evacuated from Cielo Vista Mall and a Walmart where a shooting occurred in El Paso, Texas, Saturday. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

A murderous madness broke out in America the weekend of Aug. 3, extending from El Paso, Texas, to Dayton, Ohio, 13 hours later. Two shootings, two inexplicable events. Many dead.

This is a shock for the country, but one that’s too familiar: A gunman chooses to commit violence against innocent people, against anyone in range. The gunman selects the time and place and then seeks to kill and injure as many as possible in moments.

It happened in Texas and Ohio, and a version of events happened in Chicago, too. Soon after the Dayton shooting, someone on the West Side started firing at a group of people at Douglas Park. Chicago police said seven people were sent to the hospital with bullet wounds.

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