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After El Paso, Dayton shootings, Ravens and Orioles stadiums to increase security

After a weekend where two mass shootings claimed at least 31 lives in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Maryland Stadium Authority is taking measures to protect those who go to Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium to watch the Orioles and Ravens.

The Maryland Stadium Authority said in a statement that there will be an “increase in police presence” around the stadiums that will be in place “in the coming weeks.” The Maryland Stadium Authority declined to provide more details, citing security reasons.

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The decision is precautionary, as the MSA said they are “not aware of any specific or credible threats to the complex” that houses the two stadiums. The Maryland Stadium Authority said it monitors local, national and international events and threats to reassess security plans.

The increased security comes after “the horrific tragedies of the past week,” that saw two mass shootings in two days. On Saturday, a gunman killed 22 people and injured over two dozen more at a Walmart in El Paso. The next morning, at least nine people died in a shooting in an entertainment district in Dayton.

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Both attacks add to a list of over 250 mass shootings in the United States in 2019, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, including one a week earlier at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that left four dead. There were 340 mass shootings in 2018.

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