- Nine people were killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
- A gunman opened fire at Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street in the city’s entertainment district.
- They have been identified as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old from Bellbrook, Ohio, according to CBS.
- There are reports of Betts wearing all black, and carrying a large .223-calibre rifle with extra magazines.
- There are also reports he was covering his face, possibly with a mask.
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Less than 24 hours after a gunman opened fire in El Paso, Texas, a mass shooter killed nine people and injured 26 others in Dayton, Ohio.
The killer died at the scene. They have been identified as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old from Bellbrook, Ohio, according to CBS.
Local media site WHIO reported the shooting occurred at Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon district at about 1 a.m. local time.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the gunman was wearing body armour and had several extra magazines for his .223-calibre rifle,according to AP. Witness Antony Reynolds told AP he was in the area with friends when he saw a glimpse of the shooter before he heard “rapid” gunfire, and he was wearing all black.
There are also reports he was covering his face, possibly with a mask.
No motive has been identified at this time.
Whaley also said Dayton police officers “neutralized” Betts in less than a minute.
“While this is a terribly sad day for our city, I am amazed by the quick response of Dayton police that saved literally hundreds of lives,” she said.
At a press conference she said that as of 10 a.m. local time, 15 of the 27 injured people had been released from the hospital.
Dayton Assistant Police Chief Lt. Col. Matt Carpe told the press there was “a very short timeline of violence.”
“We’re very fortunate for that,” he said. “We had officers in the immediate vicinity when this shooting began and were able to respond and put an end to it quickly.”
In a statement, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said, “thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
This is the statement in full:
“As Ohio wakes up this morning to the news of this horrific attack, Connie and I are filled with sadness for the victims and their families and gratitude for the police officers who responded to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured. We are also angry -angry that shooting after shooting politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to pass sensible gun-safety laws to protect our communities. We are still learning about the attack in Dayton and we don’t know exactly what, if anything, could have prevented this specific tragedy. But we know thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have a responsibility to act.
“My office stands ready to assist the Dayton community with whatever is needed to investigate and recover from this attack.”
As Ohio wakes up this morning to the news of this horrific attack, Connie and I are filled with sadness for the victims and their families and gratitude for the police officers who responded to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) August 4, 2019
President Trump tweeted that information was “rapidly being accumulated in Dayton.” In a second tweet he said: “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”
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