SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Mayor and Council of the Township of Scotch Plains today issued a statement to "vehemently condemn the actions taken over the weekend in Texas and Ohio."

There is no place in our society for these senseless acts of violence.

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims in this, another tragedy in America. Flags in Scotch Plains will be flown at ½ staff as a mark of solemn respect for the victims in these terrible acts of violence.

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Two mass shootings over the weekend resulted in the deaths of at least 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In El Paso, 22 people died when a man with white nationalist and racist views shot his victims at a Wal*Mart. In Dayton, nine people were killed in a shooting in that city's Oregon District. Police shot and killed the suspect shortly after he began firing, but not before he took nine lives.


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