At least nine people are dead and 26 injured following a mass shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, according to police.
#OregonDistrict #update Mayor Whaley: Suspect opened fire in the Oregon District wearing body armor.
There are 10 people dead including the shooter, 26 others injured.
Officers neutralized the shooter in less than a minute.
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Police identified the gunman as 24-year-old Connor Betts. His sister, Megan Betts, 22, was among those killed, authorities said. The victims were all between 22 and 57 years old, Dayton Police Deputy Chief Matt Carper said according to CNN.
Police killed the Ohio gunman within one minute of opening fire, according to Democratic Mayor Nan Whaley.
“I’m heartbroken,” Whaley tweeted Sunday morning.
I’m heartbroken. Thank you to our first responders for all that you’ve done. We will share updates as we have more information.
— Nan Whaley (@nanwhaley) August 4, 2019
Shots were first reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Dayton’s Oregon District, a downtown outdoor area filled with bars, restaurants and local businesses, according to ABC News. The shooting took place outdoors and police were able to respond quickly because they were already in the vicinity. (RELATED: 3 Dead, 15 Injured At Gilroy Garlic Festival In Northern California. Here’s What We Know)
“Most of us can’t get to our cars because there are bodies scattered all over across the street from our cars,” an eyewitness told WKEF. “People that were shot, hit, innocent people – we can’t get home to our families now, and those people aren’t going home to their families either.”
The FBI and the Dayton police are investigating the shooting, ABC News reported.
Saturday marked the eighth-deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history when a 21-year-old allegedly opened fire in a Texas Walmart. Patrick Crusius, identified as the suspected shooter, surrendered to police and is in custody.
President Donald Trump ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff until Aug. 8 and condemned the attacks as “hateful and cowardly,” CNN reported.
Five of the top 10 deadliest shootings have reportedly occurred since 2016.
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