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More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined members of the Community Police Council, Dayton Police and Mayor Nan Whaley for the Coversation on Gun Violence.
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Thursday night in Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Community Police Council held a Community Conversation on Gun Violence at Grace United Methodist Church. More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined the panelists for the two-hour event.

“Shots being fired, hearing gunfire at our house is normal,” said Scott Sliver, a member of the Community Police Council. Sliver said it was the normalcy of that gunfire that lead him to join the council.

sign in front of Omega Music listing victims of the 2019 mass shooting
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The jumble of shoes abandoned by people fleeing for their lives early Sunday morning has been removed from the parking lot of Ned Pepper’s bar. Near the front door, flowers and candles are piling up. Heart-shaped wreaths honoring the victims stand a few feet away.

The Dayton community is in mourning after 9 people were killed and over 30 injured in Sunday’s mass shooting.

Fifth street is typically empty on Mondays because most businesses are closed. But today,  reporters from all over the country pace on the sidewalks. TV news trucks hum on both sides of the street.

Losing a loved one to gun violence can cause anxiety, stress and other mental health symptoms. So can simply living in an environment where violence is common.

But experts say early intervention and support can help prevent some of those negative, long-term consequences.


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Police say a shooting at a bar in Ohio has injured three people.

Huber Heights police say the three people who were wounded were shot shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Villa Tavern while the crowd in the bar was listening to live music. The injured were taken to hospitals, but their conditions weren't immediately released.

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates the gunfire began after some kind of disturbance at the bar in suburban Dayton. They say investigators will be interviewing many people in their search for a suspect.

In Ohio, it only takes one act of violence to make you eligible for a civil protection order if the courts agree there’s a clear and credible threat of physical harm or past violence. Not all protection orders deal with guns, either. Some orders just tell people to stay away from their accuser.

But there’s a problem: Sometimes, offenders avoid being served their protection orders.

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Oakwood and Fairmont High Schools held a joint rally this morning at Fraze Pavillion. The rally was one of hundreds taking place across the country as part of a “National School Walkout” movement. The purpose of the rally was to call attention to school shootings and call for stricter gun laws.

Meigan Karolak is fifteen and a sophomore at Fairmont. She’s one of the co-organizers of the rally. 

Many students at Oakwood High School walked out of school March 14, one month after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.
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Hundreds of young people, teachers and parents are expected to gather Friday for another National School Walkout in protest of school shootings.

Students from at least two Dayton high schools are organizing the rally at the Lincoln Park Civic Commons at Fraze Pavilion.

The Dayton rally is one of more more than 2,000 simultaneous protests planned across the country Friday. It’s the third mass student-led anti-gun-violence event since the Feb. 14 high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

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A bill to strengthen and standardize training for school resource officers is on its way to the Senate. The legislation includes funding for schools so they can pay for officers to get that training. 

As a House committee discussed the need to improve school resource officer training, the Chardon High School shooting came up frequently.

The fatal attack in 2012 by 17-year-old T.J. Lane left three students dead.

Frank Hall, a former teacher and coach at Chardon, has been hailed as a hero for chasing Lane out of the building during the shooting.

Dayton's March For Our Lives anti-gun-violence rally drew hundreds of protesters to Courthouse Square
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Emotional speeches and chants filled Courthouse Square Saturday for the Dayton March For Our Lives protest. People in other Ohio cities, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, also gathered for anti-gun-violence demonstrations. 

The rallies were timed to coincide with the national March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. That student-led march drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the nation's capital, the Associated Press reports, numbers that make it one of the largest youth protest marches in decades.