Police respond to 'mass shooting' in Ohio (Lead)

Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) Police were responding to reports of a mass shooting on Sunday that took place near a bar in the US state of Ohio, where a number of people were thought to have been hit, media reports said.

First reports came in at about 1 a.m. of a shooting outside a bar in Dayton city's Oregon area, according to the BBC.

The Dayton Police Department said in a statement: "We are actively investigating an active shooter incident in the Oregon District. Please avoid the area. More information to come.

"We will provide information and facts regarding the Oregon District shooting through this account as they become available. This is a large scene and investigation."

According to the reports, multiple people were killed and an unknown number injured in the shooting at or near Ned Peppers Bar, in the 400 block of East Fifth Street, Efe news reported.

The incident came hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas which left at least 20 people dead.

TV footage uploaded to social media showed several bodies on the floor covered in white sheets.

It is unclear whether the shooter was still at large.

The incident came hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas which left at least 20 people dead.

The two mass shootings came less than a week after a teenage gunman killed three people at a California food festival.

--IANS

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