Back-to-Back Bursts of Gun Violence in El Paso and Dayton Stun Country – The New York Times

Mr. Betts died during the shooting and his motive appeared unclear. But the attack on shoppers in El Paso is being viewed as a domestic terror attack, federal authorities said on Sunday.

John F. Bash, the United States attorney for the Western District of Texas, said that the shooting seemed to meet the statutory definition of domestic terrorism, in that “it appears to be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least.”

“And we’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is deliver swift and certain justice,” he added.

Across the country, Americans tried to process the weekend of violence while going about their usual routines. On Sunday morning at the National Cathedral in Washington, the Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr. spoke to Americans struggling to grasp the violence and loss of life, on top of what can feel like a long list of national and personal struggles.

“Our real challenge is to look within,” he said. “If you are honest this morning, all of us need to be transformed a little bit more.”

Hundreds of people milled about a farmer’s market in Kansas City’s River Market district on Sunday afternoon, shopping for items ranging from beaded crafts to vegetables like squash and peppers. Several people said that while the mass shootings certainly got their attention, they were not going to scare them out of going on with their lives.

“It’s outrageous,” said Terrion Foster, 50, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., and works in accounting. “It’s really sad because I feel like you can’t go anywhere and be safe. I’m 50 years old and I didn’t think I’d be alive to see some of the things that are going on today.”