‘No indication’ that mass shooting in Dayton was racially motivated
Aug 07 2019
The gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was wearing a mask, a bulletproof vest and hearing protection when he opened fire outside a nightclub in Dayton early Sunday.
Any attempt to suggest a motive so early in the investigation would be irresponsible, the police chief said.
The thee of them had travelled to Dayton's OR district together and parked a few blocks from where the shooting would begin.
While answering the question for gunman's motive behind the shooting, he said, "We do not have answers at this time", adding, "We have a lot of evidence to process through".
He did so by wielding a.223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines.
Aside from Megan Betts, the victims of the Dayton attack are: Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Derrick Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36; Monica Brickhouse, 39.
Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
Authorities have said 14 people were treated for gunshot wounds after a gunman opened fire in a popular nightlife area Sunday, killing nine people.
Just before the gunman enters the establishment, a police officer appears behind a stationary vehicle and hits Betts with a fatal shot. 11 victims remained hospitalized Monday, a fire official said.
A bar manager credits the quick actions of employees with helping to save lives as a gunman opened fire in an OH nightclub district over the weekend. The police are reviewing a "manifesto" in connection with the shooting.
The video begins with a crowd moving at a leisurely pace on the sidewalk when people suddenly start running inside the establishment.
Adelia Johnson says in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that Connor Betts often joked about having dark thoughts.
"He wanted to scare people, he really enjoyed it", said Hannah Shows, who became friends with Betts when they were in the seventh grade.
"I'm doing this because I love Dayton and I want to do what's best for Dayton", said Nicole Cornett of BIllie Gold Bubble Tea. Others suffered non-firearm injuries as people fled.
Persuading the Legislature to pass such proposals could be an uphill battle.
The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation's firearm background check system, but it has languished in the Senate.
"It's baffling and awful that somebody who's been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo", said Hannah Shows, a former high classmate who remembered seeing Betts look at people and imitate shooting at them.
She recounted his visits to grieving communities after mass shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said stronger gun safety laws are needed, while Republican Sen.
She says "you can expect that he will continue to do that".
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Investigators were focusing on whether the El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand. The list threatened violence or sexual violence toward those who were on it, majority girls, said Ben Seitz, 25, whose girlfriend at the time was also included. Biehl said the siblings had arrived in the same vehicle with a third person earlier in the evening but separated before the rampage.
"The officer said he wouldn't be at school for a while", she said.
"We're very fortunate for that", he said.
1,600 miles away and several hours later, another round of shots rang out, this time, in Dayton, Ohio.