Another mass shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio leaves 9 dead, at least 27 injured

Police shot and killed the gunman on scene
Posted at 1:55 AM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 13:40:47-04

Less than one day after a deadly mass shooting in Texas, Police in Dayton, Ohio, are now dealing with another in the city's Oregon District.

At least nine people were killed and 27 people injured early Sunday when a gunman wearing body armor and carrying ammunition magazines opened fire outside on a street in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, officials said.

15 of those injured have now been treated and released from local hospitals.

Nearly a dozen terrified patrons sought cover in a bathroom, not sure if people desperately pushing on the door to get in were other people seeking safety or the gunman.

The shooter, who was believed to have acted alone, was killed by responding officers, police said.

CNN says the gunman in the mass shooting has been identified as Connor Betts, 24, according to local and federal law enforcement sources. His sister was also identified as one of the victims at a news conference Sunday.

FBI and local law enforcement authorities have served a search warrant at the shooter’s family home in Bellbrook.

Bellbrook, Ohio, Police Chief Doug Doherty tells CNN affiliate WKEF that they are serving a search warrant at a home in connection with the overnight shooting in Dayton. WKEF said the FBI is there as well.

According to WKEF, it is unclear what evidence is being collected, but Chief Doherty said the search is to "obtain information tied to the shooting in Dayton."

Chief Doherty said his office was contacted around 4 a.m. in regard to the search warrant, WKEF reported.

The Dayton Mayor says the suspect used a .223-caliber rifle, earing body armor and had extra magazines.

The shooting took place around 1 a.m. on East 5th Street in the Oregon District. A popular area filled with bars and restaurants.

Here is the statement from the owner of Ned Peppers bar:
"First and foremost our thoughts are with the victims of this tragedy. We are shaken and confused as to why this occurred in our safe entertainment district located in downtown Dayton. We are following along with you of the news coverage from WHIO, the shooter started down the road and made his way towards our business. We have police regularly staffed next to our business who engaged the shooter and neutralized the threat. Dayton Police could not have done a better job responding to this senseless act of violence. We cannot commend them high enough. We are assisting them still in every way we can in their investigation. Clothing items left here have been placed in the rear of our building although the area is still closed until further notice. We do not know at this time when the area or our business will open."

Witnesses report it was chaos once they realized what they were hearing was gunshots.

The shooting in Dayton comes just hours after 20 people were killed and 26 more injured in El Paso, Texas, when a gunman opened fired in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall on Saturday.