Ohio shooting scene reopens hours before victims vigil

Posted at 2:46 PM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 17:47:59-04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The popular nightlife area where a gunman killed nine people and injured at least 27 others has reopened to the public.

The Oregon District was reopened Sunday afternoon, after the second mass shooting in the U.S. within 24 hours.

A vigil is being held in the Oregon District at 8 p.m. Sunday to honor the victims, who range in age from 25 to 57.

Police say 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in the area around 1 a.m. Sunday, killing his sister and eight other people. Police fatally shot Betts within 30 seconds from the start of his rampage.

A motive has not been released.

Authorities say the shooter was wearing a bulletproof vest, mask and hearing protection and carrying at least 100 rounds.

Police Chief Richard Biehl said the .223-caliber rifle Betts used was ordered online from Texas and transferred to Betts at a firearms dealer in the area.