Witnesses describe a chaotic scene at Dayton Ohio's mass shooting: 'I couldn't get up, I got trampled'

Julie Carr Smyth/APA shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday.

Witnesses are describing the chaotic mass shooting that took place in Dayton, Ohio. early Sunday morning.

The shooting took place early Sunday morning and left nine dead, in addition to the shooter. The gunman, who opened fire at Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s entertainment district, has since been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts from Bellbrook, Ohio. No motive was reported as of Sunday morning.

Since the shooting, witnesses have shared details about it on social media.

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Twitter user @HannahRayNinja said that people in the area “ran for our lives and hopped a fence trampling multiple people in the process/hid anywhere we could.”

The user also said: “It is absolutely disgusting. My heart is in pieces for anyone inside the bar who was worsely affected by this.”

Another person who was at the bar with @HannahRayNinja shared a similar description of the scene, saying: “Folks pushed down a semi-permanent gate to climb out of the back of the bar. I’m just glad we made it home safe.”

Facebook user James Williams posted several updates and called the shooting “awful.”

“I’ve never seen nothing like this in my whole life,” he wrote.

He also shared images taken in Dayton.

Williams also posted a video after the shooting, recalling what he witnessed.


Another person named Holly Redman told the New York Times that there were bodies “everywhere you looked.”

“It was like World War II,” she said. “I just started crying and looking at all these people. That could have been us. Three or four minutes, and that could have been us.”

23-year-old Cassandra Lopez, who was at Ned Peppers, recalled hearing gunshots as she tried to get to a less crowded area.

“The next thing I knew, bodies were hitting the floor,” she told NYT. “People were screaming and crying. I was on the floor, I couldn’t get up, I got trampled.”

“It’s crazy, we can’t even go to a bar and have a drink without something like this happening,” Lopez added.

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