2019 Oregon District Shooting

Dayton's Oregon District
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A charity fund established after the Oregon District mass shooting has so far collected nearly $3 million. Later in September, Miami Valley residents will have a chance to weigh in on how the fund’s dollars should be distributed.

The Dayton Foundation set up the Oregon District Tragedy Fund in the wake of the August 4 shooting  to help the family members of the victims and offer financial assistance to people injured in the attack.

oregon district, ned peppers
Jess Mador / WYSO

A national survey conducted after last month’s mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso found more than three-quarters of Americans report feeling stressed by the possibility of another mass shooting, and a third of Americans say fear of a mass shooting, “prevents them from going to certain places and events.”

The American Psychological Association survey on stress and mass shootings, conducted online by The Harris Poll, questioned more than 2,000 people between August 8 and August 12.

Dayton's Oregon District
Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Foundation reports the Gem City Shine benefit concert put together by comedian Dave Chappelle and several local organizations brought in more than $68,000 for the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

The fund now has more than $2.5 million to distribute to people severely injured, and to the families of those killed in a mass shooting on August 4.

Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration is adding another piece to his 17-point plan to reduce gun violence by calling for more required reporting into criminal databases used for background checks.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appeared on stage at the Gem City Shine benefit show.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Thousands of people were in downtown Dayton Sunday for comedian Dave Chappelle's Gem City Shine benefit show. 

Chappelle and the city of Dayton organized the recently announced concert to raise money for The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund, and help hard-hit Oregon District businesses recover after the Aug. 4 attack. 


Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle / WYSO

The city of Dayton has announced the members of a new committee tasked with helping to oversee the location and design for a permanent memorial to the victims of the Oregon District shooting rampage, which killed nine people and injured more than 30 others in a matter of seconds outside the Ned Peppers bar.

The last thing that Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, wants to hear in the wake of the tragedy that rocked her city on the early morning of Aug. 4 is the usual partisan bickering and excuses by politicians who are in the pocket of special interests.

She doesn't want to hear it.

The Bridges family drove over an hour to place nine teddy bears on the memorial in the Oregon District, one for each of the victims who lost their lives.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

A specialized team at Dayton History this week began the difficult work of archiving items from a temporary memorial that sprang up at the site of the Aug. 4 mass shooting.

City officials have transported items from the ever-growing memorial that included handwritten cards, teddybears, flowers and balloons to Dayton History -- Montgomery County’s official history organization.

"The Dayton History organization joins the entire community in mourning those lost in the recent tragedy in the Oregon District," says Brady Kress.

Dave Chappelle
John Bauld from Toronto, Canada - Dave Chappelle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73109740

Dave Chappelle has announced a free benefit show in response to the recent Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead and more than 30 others injured.

The Gem City Shine show is intended to help neighborhood businesses recover after the attack, and raise money for The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund, says the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Sandy Gudorf.

She says the idea for the show was born after the entertainer contacted the city offering to help.

The second annual Sound Valley Summer Music Festival is August 31 at Yellow Cab Tavern.  This year, the concert will be preceded by Dayton United, a week of events celebrating and benefitting the Oregon District and downtown Dayton communities after the August 4 mass shooting.  Musician Joe Anderl will perform as part of an August 28 concert at Dayton Masonic Live and his band, The 1984 Draft, is part of the Sound Valley Summer Music Festival lineup.  Anderl perrformed a live, acoustic set on Kaleidoscope, and organizers Brian Johnson and Zac Pitts joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt i