Gunman's sister was killed among the 9 that died in Davton mass Shooting

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Authorities have identified the gunman in the Dayton mass shooting as a 24-year-old white male named Connor Betts. The sister of the shooter, Megan Betts, 22, was one of the victims shot and killed.

Federal and local authorities are currently serving a search warrant at a Bellbrook home in connection with the overnight mass shooting. Bellbrook is a small city in Greene County, located about 15 miles south of Dayton's Oregon District -- where the shooting happened.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, a man wearing body armor and carrying high-capacity magazines fired dozens of rounds into the crowd outside of Ned Peppers, a nightclub on East Fifth Street.

Nine people were killed and at least 27 others were wounded.

Police have identified the nine people killed. The sister of the shooter, Megan Betts, 22, was one of the victims.

In addition to the shooter's sister, the victims were identified as Lois Ogelsby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Derrick Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cummer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39.

Bellbrook's police chief said the parents of Megan and Connor aren't ready to speak and ask for privacy for them and neighbors.

"They are victims and we are treating them as such and are being careful and cautious with them," the police chief said.

A vigil will be held at 8 p.m. in the Oregon District to remember the victims, officials said.

Less than a minute after the gunman began shooting, he was shot and killed by first responders.

"I'm amazed at the quick response of Dayton police that literally saved hundreds of lives," said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Whaley said that thousands of people were in the popular Oregon District, home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants and theaters.

The gunman was carrying a .223-caliber rifle and additional high-capacity magazines, Whaley said. Police believe the he acted alone, but added that it's still early in the investigation. There is no remaining threat to the community, authorities added.

At least 27 people were taken to area hospitals. Local hospital representatives say the injuries included gunshot wounds and lacerations. They say at least 15 of the wounded have been released, and several people remain in serious or critical condition.

Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper told reporters the incident could have been far worse. Carper said that the incident ended quickly, because officers were already patrolling in the area when the gunshots started.

"As bad as this is, it could have been much, much worse, as I think everyone will become aware of here as more information unfolds," Carper said.

Carper called the Oregon District a relatively safe part of town.

"This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton," Carper said. "In our Oregon District, this is unheard of."

Witnesses described the scene as they were rushed out of bars in the downtown area. One woman described the moment she knew this scene was different.

"The screams, the cruisers, the chaos, I have never been pushed out of Newcomb's but the security guards were running around telling people to get out," Nikita Pappillion said. "Just how everybody was acting, you knew something was wrong. When you came outside, as soon as you get to front street you see the bodies and you knew that this was different, and you knew it was something that you never thought of experiencing, never experienced, wouldn't want anyone to experience."

A family assistance center will be set up at the Dayton Convention Center. A dedicated phone line has been established for anyone with information about the incident or to get information. That number is 937-225-6217.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, President Donald Trump said, also tweeting "God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio."

Gov. Mike DeWine issued his own statement before 7 a.m., announcing that he's ordered flags in Ohio remain at half-staff and offered assistance to Whaley.

The Ohio shooting came hours after a young man opened fire in a crowded El Paso, Texas, shopping area, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured. Just days before, on July 28, a 19-year-old shot and killed three people, including two children, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California.

The El Paso shooting was the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, according to the AP/USATODAY/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks all U.S. homicides since 2006 involving four or more people killed -- not including the offender -= over a short period of time regardless of weapon, location, victim-offender relationship or motive. That makes Sunday's shooting in Dayton the 22nd mass killing in the U.S. this year.

The first 20 mass killings in the U.S. in 2019 claimed 96 lives.

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