Devastation in Dayton: 2nd Mass Shooting in Less than 13 Hours Over Weekend Rocks Nation

  • Approximately 13 hours after the El Paso, TX, mass shooting, suspected gunman Connor Betts opened fire in the Oregon District of Dayton, OH, which is known for its nightlife and entertainment, and killed 9 people, including his sister, and injured 32 others in about 30 seconds in yet another mass shooting that rocked the nation.
  • Betts was decked out in body armor and was armed with a .223-caliber rifle where he “killed one person in an alley next to Blind Bob’s Bar then turned right onto East Fifth Street and opened fire on the crowd near Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street.”
  • Police ultimately killed Betts right outside the door of Ned Peppers before he could continue his rampage. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said “officers engaged the suspect within 20 seconds of hearing shots fired. Thirty seconds after the gunman began shooting, he was shot and killed by first responders.”
  • Betts’ sister, Megan, was one of the first victims killed in the mass shooting. Biehl said: “Right as [Connor] came out of the alleyway [where the first victim was shot], [Megan] and another male who was a companion of the suspect was shot and wounded.”
  • It’s not yet known if Betts intended to kill his sister, and there’s also not a motive so far for Betts’ actions.
  • According to an anonymous source: “We believe he was planning this or something like this for a while. It’s too soon to speculate on why he acted when he did.”
  • At a vigil on Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was interrupted by attendees who chanted, “Do something!” repeatedly.
  • DeWine said: “We’re here tonight because we know that we cannot… we know that we cannot… ease the pain of those families who have lost someone. We also know that we want to do something.”
  • According to reports, “DeWine has been working on a red flag law, which would permit police or relatives to petition a court to remove guns from people deemed dangerous.”
  • Students who attended Bellbrook High School with Betts said that he had composed a list with two separate columns, which included a “hit list” for boys he wanted to hurt and a “rape list” for girls he wanted to sexually assault.
  • Responding to inquiries about the lists, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools Superintendent Douglas A. Cozad said: “At this point, I can confirm that Connor Betts was a student at Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools his entire school career and graduated from Bellbrook High School in 2013.”
  • Cozad added: “Since he has not been a student here for over six years, we are still gathering additional information and will release it as soon as we can.”
  • One student described Betts as “kind of dark and depressive in high school.” Another classmate said: “He loved to look at you and pretend to shoot with guns, guns with his hands.”
  • Betts’ social media accounts spelled out that he was a self-described “leftist” and wrote about and re-tweeted his support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He also wrote about his disappointment with the result of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Betts wrote: “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
  • Betts also “praised Satan” and “liked tweets referencing the El Paso mass shooting in the hours before Dayton.”
  • In 2018, he wrote: “This is America: Guns on every corner, guns in every house, no freedom but that to kill. And, he wrote: “’Tis! The pistol is a Beretta 93R, called the REK7 in BO4. Do love me some guns!”
  • Responding to the Parkland school shooting, Betts tweeted Sen. Rob Portman: “@robportman hey rob. How much did they pay you to look the other way? 17 kids are dead. If not now, when?”

Reference Links

  • ABC: Dayton shooting witness breaks down recalling trying to save victim READ
  • People: Dayton Shooter’s Sister Megan Betts, 22, Was One of Massacre’s First Victims READ
  • Dayton Daily News: Oregon District mass shooting: What you need to know this morning READ
  • WLWT: Police release surveillance video from Dayton mass shooting READ

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