29 killed in two mass shootings in U.S. over the weekend


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Twenty-nine people are dead following two gun massacres within a 13-hour span this weekend in the United States.

The first incident happened at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Texas police say 20 people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a shooter armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people.

Authorities are investigating the possibility the shooting was a hate crime. According to The Associated Press, officials are working to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online before the attack was written by the suspected shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, 21.

Crusius remains in custody and is facing capital murder charges.

A motive is still being determined in a deadly shooting that happened in a nightclub district in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday. Police say the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, mowed down so many people so quickly that he likely wasn’t targeting anyone.

Nine people were killed in the 30-second rampage and at least 27 others were injured before Betts was killed by police.

Among the dead was the gunman’s 22-year-old sister.

According to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database, mass shootings have claimed 125 lives in the United States this year.

The database tracks homicides where four or more people were killed, not including the offender.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended Canada’s sympathies to those affected by the deadly mass shootings this weekend in the U.S.