- Witnesses have spoken out since a mass shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning.
- Nine people were killed by the gunman.
- People have taken to social media and recalled running “for our lives” when they heard the gunshots.
- Another person who spoke to the New York Times described the scene as like World War II.
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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.
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.”
We heard gunshots while on the patio.. ran indoors only to be shoved back out because the shots were coming from inside the bar. We ran for our lives and hopped a fence trampling multiple people in the process/hid anywhere we could https://t.co/pm7Q00DfbR
— Hannah (@HannahRayNinja) August 4, 2019
The user also said: “It is absolutely disgusting. My heart is in pieces for anyone inside the bar who was worsely affected by this.”
Update: it was apparently in front of the bar we were in, not inside. Either way, the scene was chaos. 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. Thanks for all the kind words. https://t.co/I88NXYaCZK
— Daniel Williams (@xcadaverx) August 4, 2019
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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