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The sister of the gunman in the deadly rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was among the nine killed during the early-morning shooting in a popular nightlife area that left dozens injured, officials revealed Sunday.

Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper identified the gunman as 24-year-old Connor Betts. His sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts, was among the nine killed, according to Carper, who added that all of those killed during the rampage were shot in the city’s Oregon District around Fifth Street.

Betts was killed by police less than a minute after he opened fire with a .223-caliber rifle in the streets of the Oregon District around 1 a.m. Sunday in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours after at least 20 people were slain in El Paso, Texas.

“This is a heartbreaking tragedy,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “It is the type of tragedy that you hope never comes to your state.”

Carper said of the nine victims, four were females and five were males. The other victims were identified as 27-year-old Lois L. Oglesby, 38-year-old Saeed Saleh, 57-year-old Derrick R. Fudge, 30-year-old Logan M. Turner, 25-year-old Nicholas P. Cumer, 25-year-old Thomas J. McNichols, 36-year-old Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis and 39-year-old Monica E. Brickhouse.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the gunman was wearing body armor and had additional high-capacity magazines. The Oregon District was filled with “thousands” of people out on a weekend night at the time, according to Whaley. Officers were also stationed in the neighborhood and were able to halt the rampage less than a minute after it began, the mayor added.

“If Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute — and figure that 26 injured, 9 dead — hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” Whaley told reporters.

DeWine praised the fast response by law enforcement, saying it saved “many, many lives” and the assailant was “very close” to killing “dozens and dozens more people.”

“In this tragedy, we have to thank our first responders,” the governor said.

Officials said there will be a vigil at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Oregon District to remember the victims of the shooting.

Whaley said at least 27 people were treated for injuries, and at least 15 of those have been released. Several more remain in serious or critical condition, local hospital officials said at a news conference Sunday.

Carper said the suspect was shot to death by responding officers.

“This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton,” Carper told reporters. “In our Oregon District, this is unheard of.”

Investigators have not yet revealed what motivated the rampage. Additional press conferences are scheduled for 3 and 4 p.m.

The Oregon District is a historic neighborhood that Carper described as “a safe part of downtown,” home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants, and theaters. The shooting took place outside, on the 400-block of East 5th Street. All of the fatalities were reported outside, according to police.

Abandoned shoes were seen in the area of the shooting — left behind as panicking people fled. Police tape could be seen on Sunday morning near a pile of shoes outside the bar where the gunfire erupted.

Authorities descended on a neighborhood in Bellbrook, located about 16 miles south of the shooting scene, as they executed a search warrant in connection to the deadly shooting, WKEF/WRGT reported. Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty told the television station the search was to “obtain information tied to the shooting in Dayton.”

President Trump has ordered flags at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of two mass shootings in less than a day, which killed at least 29 people. A proclamation released by the White House on Sunday said the nation shares “in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks.”

The first attack Saturday at a shopping area in El Paso, Texas, killed at least 20 people. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.

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41 Comments
  • jimmie boswell says:

    you all, rejected an Angelic Society. for this diverse demonic sodom and gomorrahizing this nation with secular occult paganism’s.

    secular is the religious tongue, of the subtle talking beasts of the fields and the more subtle than any other two legged beast of the fields again. and totally ignorant to the pestilences, plagues, and famines to be sent in reply from G-D and/or Son.

    you, cooperate with the secular occult devils shall never end with different hell and death results. you shall never have, peace on earth and goodwill to all men with unity under ELOHEEM G-D and/or Son. THEY, are not going to change THEIR M.O. to please your diverse demonic secular occult fantasies.

    THEIR M.O., has always been and shall always be hell and death to THEIR enemies. the democrats, are the most at fault here. but that, does not exonerate, all other groups.

  • Debbie says:

    his sister and her boyfriend and a group of people near them were shot, it makes me wonder if it wasn’t more of a domestic dispute that turned into this? We’re the others killed his sister’s friends? Was he seeking for revenge on them for something? Mental Illness NEEDS funded and these psychos get help!

    • Ed says:

      Oh, I think the controlled media will milk this as an “alt-right white supremacy” event for as long as it can, preferably until it dies off before being exposed for what it really was.

  • Sue Jackson says:

    I thought the announcement was made that no Media coverage of the shooters in OH & TX, nor their manifesto would be made public, cutting off their desire to be heard about why their reasons for committing such heinous actions against innocent men, women & children. So why have you chosen to do so? I will not give these animals one second of my time reading or listening to anything about them. They are deserving of but one thing. Swift justice resulting in the death penalty carried out in public. That I would gladly watch or participate in if they have a problem with finding someone to flip the switch or push in the needle. If this sounds like I am an angry person it is because I am angry. Why do we continue to allow these things to go unpunished, always finding some other reason to blame other than the person that commits the crime? Until we say ENOUGH, NO MORE. People like these two never will serve one day on prison. They will become a lifetime resident of some mental illness facility that allows them to live their lives happily at the expense of the people whose family members they killed.

  • Nana says:

    Interesting that a guy with the same name, same sister’s name, from the same area, died in 2014. Hmmmm….

  • Arif says:

    The Guy looks like a FAGGOT

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