Nine Dead, 26 Injured In Mass Shooting In Dayton, Ohio

Less than twelve hours after the mass shooting in Texas, another one occurred overnight in Dayton, Ohio.

Less than twelve hours after the apparently racially motivated shooting in El Paso, Texas, another mass shooting has taken place in Dayton, Ohio, resulting in nine deaths and at least twenty-six injuries:

At least nine people were killed and 26 were wounded in a shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, the second American mass shooting in less than 24 hours and the third in a week.

The shooting began at 1:07 a.m. on East Fifth Street in the city’s Oregon entertainment district, which was bustling with thousands of late-night revelers, Mayor Nan Whaley said. Uniformed officers on routine patrol in the area quickly responded, shooting and killing the gunman within one minute of his first gunshots, she said.

“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 news conference.

Ms. Whaley said victims were receiving treatment at several local hospitals. Terrea Little, a spokeswoman at Miami Valley Hospital, confirmed the hospital had received 16 patients from the shooting, but had no information on their conditions.

An employee at Ned Peppers, a bar on the street, wrote in a post on Instagram that “all of our staff is safe and our hearts go out to everyone involved as we gather information.

The police have not identified the gunman or a motive for the attack. But he appeared ready to exact an even higher death toll. He was outfitted in body armor, carrying a rifle with multiple high-capacity magazines, Ms. Whaley said.

There were no immediate clues to what might have motivated him. No manifesto or social media presence has been found so far.

More from the Dayton Daily News:

A shooting with multiple fatalities and several people wounded has occurred near Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street in the city of Dayton’s Oregon District. Here’s the latest:

The shooter, who has not been identified, used a .223-caliber high-capacity magazine rifle and was wearing a mask or covering over his face.

“If the Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people in the Oregon District would be dead today,” Whaley said.

“This is the 250th mass shooting in America,” she said. “It’s sad that it’s in the city of Dayton.”

She called the shooting “a terrible day for Dayton.”

Understandably given the fact that the attack occurred at 1:00 a.m. local time and that the shooter was killed rather than being taken into custody, there is not very much detail surrounding what happened in Dayton that has been released as of yet. Based on what some witnesses have told reporters, though, it sounds as though the shooter was using a “long gun” of some kind, which likely means a rifle similar to an AR-15 or other similar weapon and that there were multiple magazines with additional ammunition in his possession at the time he was killed. Additionally, the shooter was apparently wearing a bulletproof vest of some kind and was wearing a mask that obscured his face, possibly something similar to a ski mask. This indicates that this was likely a planned attack of some kind rather than something that occurred in the heat of the moment. What is unknown is what motived the shooter and whether or not the timing of the shooting was motivated at all by the events in Texas just twelve hours earlier. Details like these, as well as the identity of the shooter, will no doubt come out as the hours

As the Mayor of Dayton said in her initial comments, the police deserve much credit for their rapid response to this incident, a response that took just a matter of minutes from the time that the first 911 call was made. In part, that was due to the fact that this part of the city, which is a popular entertainment area with bars and other venues that were no doubt packed for the weekend, had a significant police presence at the time of the shooting simply for the purpose of security in a high-traffic area. According to some reports, several of the officers patrolling the area on foot ran toward the fire when the gunshots first rang out and, indeed, it was likely one of these officers who took the shooter out before he caused more death and destruction.

Update: The shooter has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, who resides in a Dayton suburb with his family. Still no word on a potential motive for the crime.

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Hmmmm, who else was in Ohio last night? Yeah I know, baseless speculation, but isn’t that what the internet is for?

  2. I’m not sure what you are referring to. Trump was not in Ohio last night, he was in New Jersey. The campaign rally in Ohio — in the Cincinnati area some 50 miles away from Dayton — was three days ago.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Doug Mataconis: My bad, I must have misread. Oh well, my sarcasm is wasted here most of the time anyway. Thanx for the correction.

    ETA: BUT… 50 miles is a 3 day walk.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Republican governor, said,

    We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families.

    Republicans offering their prayers in these circumstances makes me want to throw up.

  5. Teve says:

    “Sucks about that mass shooting yesterday.” “Which one?”
    God bless the USA

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @gVOR08: It’s all they have to offer after selling their souls and using the proceeds on hookers and blow.

  7. Tony W says:
  8. And the Gilroy shootings already starts to feel, from a national media point of view, like ancient history…

  9. Teve says:

    “This isn’t about easy access to high-powered military guns, this is about mental health.”
    “So you’ll be supporting increased funding for mental health treatment?”
    “Hahahahaha Good One Jake!”

  10. Scott F. says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    This hollowing sense of impotence in the face of all this death – more than 1 mass shooting a day in 2019 – can not be good thing in a democracy. It is so profoundly wrong that gun deaths in this country are hundreds of times higher than in any other country, everyone knows it is profoundly wrong to have so many innocent deaths, yet we all know nothing will be done.


  11. Hal_10000 says:

    I would be very surprised if this attack wasn’t stimulated by what happened in El Paso. They are drawing inspiration from each other.

  12. Andre Kenji de Sousa says:

    @Hal_10000: In March two losers entered a school in a São Paulo suburb and killed ten people with a revolver and an axe. They were participants in internet communities that were something closer to MRAs (The loser that killed children 12 children in a Rio de Janeiro school in 2011 was also a member of the same type of online community).

    It was around the same time of the Christchurch massacre. We don’t know about the loser that perpetrated the Dayton Massacre, but there is a pattern there.

  13. Teve says:

    Tim Wise
    1/ I love how folk are posting fake voter reg info for the Dayton shooter Connor Betts, showing he’s a Democrat…it shows him voting all the way back to ’06, which would have been when he was 11…some people are 2 stupid to drive the internet. We don’t know his politics yet…

  14. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @gVOR08: Take whatever comfort there is in knowing that he doesn’t really mean that he going to pray for people. He just knows that this is what the guv is supposed to say at a time like this.

  15. Teve says:

    Time and CBS News are both reporting that the shooter had a 100-round double drum magazine. You foolish libtarts probably don’t understand how necessary that is for hunting. It’s probably never even occurred to you, what if all the deer in the forest team up and come at you and you have to shoot your way out???

  16. john430 says:

    @gVOR08: Especially because… NEW: The Dayton Shooter Was A Satanist, Leftist-Socialist, And Bernie/Warren Fan, Supported Antifa

  17. @john430: This is all possible, of course, but Redstate is more agitprop than news, so we shall see.

  18. Guarneri says:

    So the two shooters share no common political philosophy. Perhaps on opposite ends of a spectrum. Should anyone be surprised? Those trying to further their political narratives on the backs of dead bodies are ghouls at best. Et tu, Beto?

  19. An Interested Party says:

    So the two shooters share no common political philosophy. Perhaps on opposite ends of a spectrum. Should anyone be surprised? Those trying to further their political narratives on the backs of dead bodies are ghouls at best. Et tu, Beto?

    Which political narratives would those be? That it is all too easy to get guns in this country, particularly those used by both shooters which allow a person to murder multiple people in a very short period of time? Or that Trump’s xenophobia and racism are having a negative affect on this country? No matter what the political views of the Ohio shooter are, the above two narratives are quite accurate…

  20. Monala says:

    @Guarneri: The Dayton killer had a kill list and a rape list of girls from his school, so it seems that he falls into the other major category of mass killers these days: the incel, like Alek Minassian in Toronto and Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, CA. Both white nationalists and incels share a sense of aggrieved entitlement at those they consider their lessors, just that for the former, the subjects of their rage are Jewish people and racial minorities, and for the latter, it’s women. (And there are some who fall into both categories).