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Bloodbath as 35 killed and 95 injured in four US mass shootings

A total of 35 people have been killed while at least 95 others have been injured in mass shootings in three different states within 24 hours, US media reported on Sunday.

The latest two of the mass shootings took place in Illinois in the city of Chicago, where five people died and at least 42 were injured in the attacks at 1.20 am and 3.40 am local time on Sunday.

According to a report by the CBS News on Sunday, both of the shootings occurred in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood with the latest one being at a block party at 18th and Keeler Avenue.

Unknown suspects fired shots into a large group of people, the report quoted local police as saying.

Another shooting took place in Douglas Park at Roosevelt Road and Francisco Avenue, where victims were standing as the assailant in black Camaro pulled up and started shooting, according to police.

Nearly 15 minutes earlier, 10 people were killed and 27 more were injured as a shooter attacked a crowd outside the Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton, Ohio.

The suspect, identified by authorities as a 24-year-old white male named Connor Betts, was shot and killed by police about a minute after the attack began at 1.05 am on Sunday.

Betts was wearing body armor and carried ammunition magazines for the 223-caliber rifle used in the shooting, Dayton authorities told NBC News.

The deadliest attack of the day took place a few minutes before 11 am local time on Saturday, in a shopping center in El Paso, Texas.

At least 20 people were killed while 26 more were wounded in a shooting that targeted shoppers at the Walmart store in the majority-Hispanic border city, the New York Times (NYT) cited Governor Greg Abbott of Texas as saying.

The suspect who fired an A.K.-47-style rifle into the crowded Walmart store had surrendered to the police following the attack and is now in custody. The officials identified the white male in his 20s as Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas.

Emmerson Buie Jr, the special agent in charge told the NYT that the FBI had not determined whether the shooting was a hate crime, another federal crime or an act of domestic terrorism.

An anti-immigrant manifesto, which was posted online shortly before the El Paso shooting, is reportedly being examined by law enforcement officials in order to determine whether it was written by the gunman.

Provided that officials decide that the manifesto is linked to the shooting, it could make the killings a federal hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism because of the racially extremist views that it includes, the NYT reported.

“Hispanics will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas, changing policy to better suit their needs,” the manifesto said.

Voicing support for Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian supremacist who killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, the manifesto elaborated on fears that Hispanic people will gain power in the US.

It further discussed specific details about elements of the attack, including weapons.

As thousands of Central American families have reportedly flooded El Paso and surrounding areas, the city has been in the national spotlight for months.

Being a dominantly Hispanic-populated city of 682,000, El Paso has long had a binational feel due to its proximity and ties to its sister city in Mexico, Ciudad Juárez.

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