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El Paso, Dayton mass shootings: FBI warns of potential for copycat attacks

FBI agents. (Melanie Rodgers Cox/US Air Force)

The FBI is warning of potential copycat attacks in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“The FBI remains concerned that U.S.-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence,” the bureau said in statement. “The FBI asks the American public to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity that is observed either in person or online.”

The advisory comes after 22 people were killed when a gunman opened fire Saturday in a Texas Walmart. Then, just hours later, nine people were killed and scores injured in a mass shooting at a popular nightclub district in Dayton, Ohio. The Texas shooter is in custody; the Dayton gunman was killed by police at the scene.

The FBI is assisting in both investigations, with its Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell working on the Texas case. The Cincinnati Field Office and personnel from the FBI headquarters are helping in Dayton.

FBI Director Christopher Wray offered his condolences to the victims and their families.

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“We will bring the full resources of the FBI to bear in the pursuit of justice for the victims of these crimes,” Wray said.

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