Dayton Suspect Connor Betts Killed His Own Sister During Massacre, Say Officials

August 4, 2019 Updated: August 4, 2019

The suspect in a mass shooting incident in Dayton, Ohio, shot and killed sister before killing nine other people, said officials.

Connor Betts, 24, of Ohio was identified as the lone suspect, said authorities in a news conference on Aug. 4.

Betts shot and killed his 22-year-old sister, Megan, who was the youngest of the victims, The Associated Press reported. The other adults are between 25 and 57 years old.

Less than a minute after he opened fire, he was shot and killed by police. Officials said he was using a .223-caliber rifle and was firing into the streets of a Dayton nightlife area at around 1 a.m.

Mayor Nan Whaley stated that he was wearing body armor and had other high-capacity magazines.

The victims were identified as Lois L. Oglesby, female, 27; Megan K. Betts, female, 22; Saeed Saleh, male, 38; Derrick R. Fudge, male, 57; Logan M. Turner, male, 30; Nicholas P. Cumer, male, 25; Thomas J. McNichols, male, 25; Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, female, 36; and Monica E. Brickhouse, female, 39, CNN reported.

Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Officials said that one of the male victims was Megan Betts’ boyfriend, the New York Post reported.

“All the victims are from our own backyard, too, so this is just an immense tragedy,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said, according to the broadcaster. “No matter where the victims are from, they’re victims. Our hearts go out to the families. This is a Miami Valley tragedy.”

A police official told CNN that the motive in the case is not clear.

Authorities work at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“Due to the very short timeline of violence, it’s hard to imagine there was much discrimination in the shooting,” he said. “It happened in a very short period of time.”

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

The incident occurred outside a Dayton tavern called Ned Peppers Bar.

The Dayton Daily News cited a Facebook post from James Wilson, who said he was a customer sitting on a patio just outside the bar when the shooting occurred in front of the establishment, Reuters reported.

“He (a gunman) tried to get into the bar but did not make it through the door,” Wilson wrote. “Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead.”

One witness, Anthony Reynolds, said he heard gunfire that sounded like it was coming from a high-powered weapon.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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