Police Commissioner Richard Ross Talks Texas, Ohio Mass Shootings, What Philly Is Doing About It

In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left at least 31 people dead and dozens more injured, Philadelphia’s top police officer discussed what’s being done to be prepared here.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross addressed what local law enforcement is doing to be prepared for and to prevent a mass shooting in our region during a Monday afternoon press conference at police headquarters.

Ross said he was on a national phone call Sunday with thousands of police chiefs and FBI members across the country to discuss the recent mass shootings. While Ross told the public there are no current threats to our region, he also said local law enforcement remains prepared in the event of any incident.

"We train police officers," Ross said. "We train churches and synagogues and other businesses on how to act and react. Many of you know what to do now but we just continue to push that. We just ask for the public's cooperation in making sure we do everything humanly possible to stave off these incidents."

The suspected shooter at an El Paso Walmart was taken into custody following the shooting. The man who opened fire on a popular nightlife area in Dayton was shot and killed by police after he killed nine others, including his own sister.

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