A survivor of Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, reportedly sheltered hundreds of people by ushering them into a bar to shield them from the gunman’s fire.
Jeremy Ganger, the bouncer at a bar called Ned Peppers, says he took as many people as he could into the bar and guarded the doorway as the gunman opened fire outside, ABC News reports. He says he came face-to-face with alleged gunman, Connor Betts, 24, just before police fatally shot him.
“I looked at him right in the face. He had a dead stare,” Ganger recounted.
“When he got to the door, I saw an officer over to the side of the street and I looked up, I looked at the guy and I said ‘I hope the cop gets him before he gets me,’ because he wasn’t coming in our club,” he explained. (RELATED: Dayton Shooter’s Now-Suspended Twitter Appears To Have Had Pro-Antifa, Pro-Gun Control Comments)
“He knew I was there waiting. That’s what I wanted him to know. I’m hoping I’m the last thing he remembers.”
— ABC News (@ABC) August 8, 2019
“Our patrons are more important than one active shooter, so I was going to try to stand my ground the best I could,” he continued.
“I could see him coming our way and I started getting people as fast as I could,” Granger described.
He says he was “grabbing people, telling them to get in, get down, stay safe. Telling them to get all the way in as far as they could. Don’t watch the door, don’t watch what’s coming.”
“I was grabbing them as fast as I could. Best I could. And then watched a few people get hit,” he continued.
Officers fatally shot the shooter within 30 seconds of him firing his first shot, according to ABC.
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