OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt and OKC Mayor David Holt are speaking out after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend claimed the lives of 29 people and left dozens injured.
El Paso, Texas
At around 10:39 p.m. Saturday, police in El, Paso, Texas, responded to an active shooter call at a Walmart.
The shooting left 20 dead and 26 injured.
According to US Attorney John Bash, the case appears to meet the statutory definition of domestic terrorism.
Three sources have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas.
El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza said the suspect faces capital murder charges and will be eligible for the death penalty.
“We will seek the death penalty,” he said.
Nine people were killed and at least 27 injured Sunday in a shooting in a popular nightclub district of downtown Dayton, Ohio, police say.
Officers killed the lone suspect after he fired for less than a minute from a “.223 high-capacity” gun, and say he had additional magazines with him, Mayor Nan Whaley said.
The suspect, who wore body armor during the incident, has not yet been identified.
Gov. Stitt and OKC Mayor David Holt speak out
Communities across the United States and the world are coming together to grieve with families and friends who lost loved ones in the incidents.
Stitt announced on Sunday that he spoke with Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, on Saturday, saying “Oklahoma stands with Texas.”
He went on to say:
I spoke with Governor Greg Abbott yesterday and shared with him that Oklahoma stands with Texas. Like you, I also woke up to learn of another horrific attack, this time in Ohio. We grieve with those who’ve lost loved ones and we pray for God’s mercy, justice and peace for all.
OKC Mayor David Holt also released a statement on Sunday saying:
It’s gun laws, it’s mental health services, it’s dehumanization, it’s bigotry & racism, it’s the way our leaders act, it’s the way we treat each other. It’s all of these things. No elected official can fix it all, because we all have different authorities, but each leader & each American can do their part. As mayor of a city that suffered greatly from the actions of a white supremacist who dehumanized public servants, I work every day to stand for empathy, inclusiveness, respect for public servants & respect for all our residents. I strive to set an example of how leaders should lead with love. In mental health, a policy area where the municipal level is empowered, we are talking right now about how MAPS 4 can make a real difference in the lives of our residents. In addition to advocacy, what can every one of us do right now, whether we hold public office or merely hold our kids a little closer today? We can love each other. We can set that example. Whether you think Jesus is your Lord or merely a very wise man, it is still true that he had a lot of profound things to say about love. Love is truly the path through most challenges. So carry these words with you today: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we each dedicate ourselves to that ideal today, America will find its way through this darkness. #1OKC