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.