Whitney Austin knew what a flurry of text messages asking how she was doing meant. A mass shooting. Nearly one year ago, Austin, 38, survived 12 close-range gunshots in an attack in Cincinnati that left three people dead. Now, each time a similar attack takes place, the messages roll in. And as they arrive, she is forced to relive that day and all the fear that came with it. When she saw messages about 10 days ago while vacationing with her family in Florida, she quickly learned the basic details of a shooting in El Paso, Texas. Then, she tried to go back to her vacation. “It is so frustrating that that is what we have to do today. You have to call and check in to make sure that your loved ones have not been impacted by a mass shooting,” she said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. The next morning, she awoke to a fresh text onslaught. At first, she thought they still referred to El Paso, where 22 people died. But this time the messages were about Dayton, Ohio, a city about 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the Cincinnati office building where a gunman opened… Read full this story
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