African American Mayors Association Statement on Shooting in Dayton, Ohio

Published on November 22, 2023

(Washington, DC) November 22, 2023 – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) extends its heartfelt prayers to the victims, their families, and the Dayton community following a horrific shooting Monday night. The shooting, which took place in Beavercreek, a suburb of Dayton, left 4 people injured.

“On behalf of all our member mayors, we’d like to extend our support to Mayor Mims and the city of Dayton during this tragic time,” said AAMA President and Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. “As we lead into the holiday season, our country remains divided – paralyzed from taking meaningful action against gun violence in this nation. We cannot afford to lose any more lives due to such senseless acts of violence.”

AAMA and its member mayors remain committed to ending the scourge of gun violence throughout the country, joining with other cities and states in promoting education, advocacy, and support for those affected by gun violence. AAMA mayors rallied the country toward action in June of 2023 during Gun Violence Awareness Month by passing resolutions and lighting the landmarks in their cities orange in solidarity on June 2, Gun Violence Awareness Day.


The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.