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Date: Nov 2021

The Dayton Police Department announced Monday that the investigation into the Aug. 4, 2019 mass shooting has officially been closed.

Dayton police said their department and the FBI have finished the investigation into the shooting that killed nine and injured 27 in the Oregon District near downtown Dayton.

The FBI also issued a statement via Twitter on Monday morning.

In part, the statement reads: "The investigation revealed the perpetrator acted alone and was not directed by any organization or aligned to a specific ideological group."

In a second tweet, Special Agent in Charge Will Rivers of the FBI's Cincinnati's office wrote:

Read more: ABC 4

Uganda launched a military campaign against militants linked to Islamic State operating from a base in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The East African nation’s government blamed the Allied Democratic Forces for terror attacks over the past five months, including two bombings in the capital, Kampala, on Nov. 16. that left at least seven people dead.

“We have launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with our Congolese allies,” Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso said on Twitter.

Read more: Bloomberg

A man accused of striking a police officer on Cape Cod Saturday was also carrying items that could be used to make explosive devices, according to police.

Eastham police went to the Town Center Plaza Parking Lot just before 1 p.m. Saturday to serve a trespass notice to Dorian Firth. The order barred Firth from being on a nearby property.

Police said Firth refused to speak with an officer who tried to de-escalate the situation after Firth appeared to become agitated.

“During this conversation, Mr. Firth became assaultive and struck Officer (Gregory) Plante in the face, producing minor injuries,” police said. “A physical altercation ensued and Officer Plante, with the assistance of a nearby Good Samaritan, and Sergeant Mark Haley who arrived on scene as backup, was able to place Mr. Firth under arrest for the assault on Officer Plante.”

Read more: Mass Live

Closing arguments are set to begin on Monday in federal court in a trial to determine how much the government will have to pay the victims and families of the Sutherland Springs church attack.

It was determined this summer that the Air Force was 60% liable for the attack.

This all stems from a lawsuit filed by more than three dozen families of the victims involved in the Nov. 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting at the First Baptist Church where 26 people were killed and several others were injured.

Court filings from those families say the gunman, Devin Kelley, who committed suicide on the day of the attack, had threatened mass violence while in the Air Force, and that the military branch could have helped prevent this deadly shooting from happening by reporting it.

Read more: WOAI/NBC San Antonio

Though police have not ascribed a terror motive to Sunday’s deadly incident in which an SUV drove into crowds at a Wisconsin Christmas parade, the scene invariably brought to mind the vulnerabilities exploited in the 2016 attacks on the Bastille Day crowds in Nice and the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin: Soft targets without secure perimeters. Packed crowds that increased the casualty count from the use of a vehicle as a weapon. Crowds that were distracted by joyful holiday activities and not necessarily on alert for danger.

Extremist movements and lone actors have favored targets connected to holidays for these logistical reasons – ease of attack, ability to effectively use simple weapons, crowds that may be oblivious to the threat – or for symbolic reasons if the intended target, date, or victims align with an ideological motive. These can combine; for example, if a person with antisemitic beliefs opportunistically decides to attack a Jewish community location after noticing light security on an important date for either the faith of the victims or the faith of the attacker.

Read more: Homeland Security Today