Monday 19 August 2019

Ohio killer shot dead his own sister in rampage

Police continue their investigation after a mass shooting in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police continue their investigation after a mass shooting in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dan Sewell

The gunman in the Ohio mass murders shot dead his own sister during a rampage that left nine dead and dozens wounded before he was killed by police.

Connor Betts (24) was gunned down by law enforcement officers less than a minute after he started shooting a rifle in a bar and restaurant district of Dayton about 1am.

His 22-year-old sister Megan was the youngest of the dead - all killed in the same area.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the shooter had been wearing body armour and had additional high-capacity magazines. She said police had probably saved hundreds of lives by responding quickly.

Six of the nine killed were black. Police said they would investigate the possibility of a hate crime but believed the quick timing of the violence made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely.

The dead were identified as Monica Brickhouse (39); Nicholas Cumer (25); Derrick Fudge (57); Thomas McNichols (25); Lois Oglesby (27); Saeed Saleh (38); Logan Turner (30) and Beatrice N Warren-Curtis (36).

Mayor Whaley said at least 27 more people were treated for injuries, and at least 15 of those have been released. Several more were in serious or critical condition. Some suffered multiple gunshot wounds and others were injured as they fled, hospital officials said.

Betts was from Bellbrook, southeast of Dayton, but local police said they weren't aware of any history of violence by Betts, including during high school.

Brad Howard said he went to school with Betts and had known him for two decades.

"The Connor Betts that I knew was a nice kid," Mr Howard said. "The Connor Betts that I talked to I always got along with well."

Nikita Papillon (23) was across the street at Newcom's Tavern when the shooting started. She said she saw a girl she had talked to earlier lying outside Ned Peppers Bar.

She herself had been to Ned Peppers the night before, describing it as the kind of place "where you don't have to worry about someone shooting up the place".

"People my age, we don't think something like this is going to happen."

Irish Independent

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