Dayton Ohio shooting – Faces of victims murdered by Connor Betts, 24, who shot dead 9 including his own SISTER

Dayton Ohio shooting – Faces of victims murdered by Connor Betts, 24, who shot dead 9 including his own SISTER

THE victims slaughtered by Connor Betts – including his own sister – have been revealed after his gun rampage at an Ohio bar.

The 24-year-old, from Bellbrook, opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside a drinking spot in the town of Dayton – just 12 hours after another gunman shot dead 20 in a Texas Walmart.

Connor Betts of Ohio has been identified as the suspect in the Dayton massacre, US
Megan Betts, left, was killed by her brother Connor, when he opened fire at a bar just after 1am on August 4
Megan Betts, left, was killed by her brother Connor, when he opened fire at a bar just after 1am on August 4
This is the image police have showed of Connor Betts
This is the image police have released of Connor Betts
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Cops survey the scene on August 4, hours after the horrendous shooting
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Emergency services remove bodies after nine were killed in a mass shooting in Ohio
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An armed cop on the scene after the tragedy unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning
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Cops neutralised the killer by fatally shooting him approximately 30 seconds after he gunned down revellers enjoying a Saturday night out.

Police formally identified the shooter as Connor Betts and named all nine victims – including his own 22-year-old sister Megan Betts.

Six of the nine victims were African American but police said they don’t think it was targeted discrimination because of the short timeline of the massacre.

Donald Trump said on Sunday that “hate has no place in our country” as the tragedy in Dayton comes after a mass shooting in a Texas Walmart left 20 dead just a few miles from the Mexican border.

MIDWEST MASSACRE

The Ohio shooter is believed to have opened fire near Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s Oregon district just after 1am.

Police were already patrolling the area as bars were starting to close down when they heard gunfire and engaged with Betts – who was wearing a mask and bullet proof vest.

In the fourth press conference of the day, police shared an image of the .223 calibre rifle and the 100-round drum magazines used by the gunman.

They said they found a shotgun in his 2007 grey Toyota Corolla that found in a nearby car park, but it was never used – Betts had legally obtained both weapons.

Mayor Nan Whaley confirmed 27 people were injured, including 16 who were taken to hospital.

It was later confirmed 15 of those had been released and one remains in critical condition.

They said some people suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and others were injured as they fled.

 

This is the moment people react to the sound of gunshots
This is the moment people react to the sound of gunshots

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This is the moment before Connor Betts started shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio
This is the moment before Connor Betts started shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio
This is the moment people run as the gun shots ring out
This is the moment people run as the gun shots ring out

This is Betts' car that was found in a nearby car park after the shooting
This is Betts’ car that was found in a nearby car park after the shooting
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Dayton, Ohio victims

Six of the nine victims were African American

Megan Betts, 22

Louis Oglesby, 27

Saeed Saleh, 38

Derrick Fudge, 57

Logan Turner, 30

Nicholas Cummer, 25

Thomas McNichols, 25

Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36

Monica Brickhouse, 39

 

TRAGIC END

Lois Oglesby, 27, was pictured as one of the first victims of the massacre.

The day care worker was described as a “wonderful mother” to her newborn baby and older daughter.

Derasha Merrett, her cousin, told Dayton Daily News: “We all grew up in this little town. We’re all family. We’re all hurting behind this. She loves her kids unconditionally.”

Megan, the shooter’s sister, was a student studying environmental science at Wright State University, according to WSU spokesman Seth Bauguess.

She was described as a “very positive person” who never brought up her brother, her former manager Daniel Cottrell said.

Thomas McNichols, also known as Teejay, was a father of four who went out after work at a local factory with his cousin.

Donna Johnson, his aunt, described as a “gentle giant” as “Everybody loved him. He was like a big kid”.

Monica Storey Brickhouse and Beatrice Warren-Curtis were friends who died by each other’s side.

Derrick Fudge was out with family when he was shot.

His sister Twyla Southall said: “He was a good man and loved his family.”

Nicholas Cumer was in town for an internship after graduating from university in Pennsylvania.

Logan Turner has been described as the “world’s best son” as Danita Turner said her son as both “sweet and smart.”

Victim Lois Oglesby, 27, has been described as a ‘wonderful mother’
Victim Lois Oglesby, 27, has been described as a ‘wonderful mother’

Megan was studying to be an environmental scientist at Wright State University
Megan was studying to be an environmental scientist at Wright State University
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Thomas McNichols was described as a 'gentle giant'
Thomas McNichols was described as a ‘gentle giant’
Monica Storey Brickhouse was killed while she was out with friends
Monica Storey Brickhouse was killed while she was out with friends

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Derrick Fudge was known as a family man
Derrick Fudge was known as a family man
Nicholas Cumer was in town for an internship when he was killed
Nicholas Cumer was in town for an internship when he was killed

Logan Turner has been described as the 'world’s best son'
Logan Turner has been described as the ‘world’s best son’

NO MOTIVE

WHIOTV 7 reported several police vehicles were seen at a Bellbrook address – belonging to Stephen R. Betts – since 6am local time on Sunday.

Bellbrook police chief Doug Doherty said Connor Betts had lived on the street, and that the house and several vehicles on the property are being searched.

Police confirmed on Sunday Betts did not have a violent criminal background and officers have not determined a motive for the slaughter.

Records from the Kettering Municipal Court revealed he had received two speeding tickets, in 2013 and 2014.

Betts’ former high school principal Chris Baker told Dayton Daily News how the Ohio shooter was suspended from school for writing a “hit-list” on a bathroom wall, sparking a lockdown.

Brad Howard, a neighbour who knew Betts for at least 20 years, told NBC News the shooter as a “nice guy and the news came as a “total surprise”.

Betts was known at a local bar and was seen as an ever-friendly, happy guy who sometimes came in for a beer

Fellow customer Mike Kern says he sometimes played trivia with Betts at Romer’s Bar & Grill in Bellbrook.

Kern says Betts often knew answers about current events and pop culture and never discussed violence.

Kern describes Betts as “the nicest kid you could imagine.”

Bartender Andy Baker says Betts was at Romer’s last Monday and seemed fine.

Baker says when he saw Betts identified as the shooter he thought: “There’s no way that’s the guy.”

This is the rifle used by Connor Betts to kill nine and injure more than a dozen more
This is the rifle used by Connor Betts to kill nine
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This image is from the police Powerpoint presentation at a press conference where they show the weapon and its extended magazine
This image is from the police Powerpoint presentation at a press conference where they show the weapon and its extended magazine

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A patrol car sits outside Betts' family home
A patrol car sits outside Betts’ family home
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Emergency workers and an unidentified person, left, tend to an injured person on the sidewalk after the deadly shooting
Emergency workers and an unidentified person, left, tend to an injured person on the sidewalk after the deadly shooting
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An emergency service worker tends to an injured person on the sidewalk
An emergency service worker tends to an injured person on the sidewalk

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Blood splatter near the scene of the shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton
Blood splatter near the scene of the shooting in the Oregon district of Dayton

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Authorities remove bloody rags and debris at the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio
Authorities remove bloody rags and debris at the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio

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Authorities removing the bodies from the gruesome scene in Ohio
Authorities removing the debirs from the gruesome scene in Ohio
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Evidence markers rest on the ground after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio
Evidence markers rest on the ground after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio

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Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting where one of the locations was Ned Peppers bar
Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting where one of the locations was Ned Peppers bar
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‘DISASTER’

CCTV shown during a press conference revealed the moment people started fleeing into the bar to for protection – and a distressing 911 call was also played.

Terrified witnesses shared footage of bar-goers fleeing the scene as dozens of gunshots echoed through the streets.

Graham Hunter, 24, said he and four friends arrived just as the incident was over and immediately came upon the body of the shooter outside.

“Everyone was panicking and running around,” Mr Hunter told CNN.

“After the shooter was dead, everyone was just crying and stuff.”

He said he saw “bodies all over the place”.

Another witness wrote on Facebook: “Happened right in front of the patio where I was sitting in front of Neds.

“He tried to go into the bar but did not make it through the door. Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead.

“There are at least eight people dead right by the picnic table where I was on the street.

“A bunch of people taken to the hospital. I don’t know how any… this place is a disaster.”

‘WE RAN FOR OUR LIVES’

Another witness told BNO News: “We heard gunshots while on the patio .. Ran indoors only to be shoved back out because the shots were coming from inside the bar.

“We ran for our lives”.

Speaking to the BBC, Jae Williams said he was at a nearby rap performance when they were told to evacuate.

“I was very shocked,” he said. “We all evacuated quickly and safely. We were told to avoid the Oregon district.”

“I got to my car, I could see cops, multiple ambulances. When I drove past I saw a lot of cops and ambulances.”

Nikita Papillon, 23, was across the street at Newcom’s Tavern when the shooting started.

She said she saw a girl she had talked to earlier lying outside Ned Peppers Bar.

Papillon said: “She had told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute.

“People my age, we don’t think something like this is going to happen. And when it happens, words can’t describe it.”

She herself had been to Ned Peppers the night before, describing it as the kind of place “where you don’t have to worry about someone shooting up the place.”

Tianycia Leonard, 28, was in the back, smoking, at Newcom’s.

She heard “loud thumps” that she initially thought was someone pounding on a dumpster.

She said: “It was so noisy, but then you could tell it was gunshots and there was a lot of rounds.”

The Ned Peppers is described on its website as a “traditional western-ish themed bar”. Cops said the Oregon district was a popular and usually very safe section of the city.

People embrace and hold the Holy Bible as crowds gather for a prayer vigil in downtown Dayton
People embrace and hold the Holy Bible as crowds gather for a prayer vigil in downtown Dayton

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People console each other as they gather for a vigil in Dayton, Ohio
People console each other as they gather for a vigil in Dayton, Ohio

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Crowds gather for a prayer vigil in downtown Dayton
Crowds gather for a prayer vigil in downtown Dayton
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Mourners gather at a vigil in Dayton less than 24 hours after a mass shooting in Oregon district of the town
Mourners gather at a vigil in Dayton less than 24 hours after a mass shooting in Oregon district of the town
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‘DON’T NORMALISE THIS’

President Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of two shootings, tweeting: “God bless the people of El Paso Texas.

“God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.”

Singer Lizzo has said it was a “close call” for her family, who lives in the Western Ohio city.

She tweeted: “Just got off the phone w/ fam in Dayton… it was a close call for them but that’s not the case for 9 other families between this & the terrorist attack in El Paso & recent other shootings.

“I feel completely helpless.. make noise & bring awareness.. vote.. don’t normalize this.”

On Saturday, the attack near the Cielo Vista Mall left 20 dead and dozens more injured.

The second mass shooting in 24 hours is likely to further spark debate around America’s controversial gun laws.

The vast majority of US citizens are allowed to buy and keep firearms without restriction.


Thirty-one states – including Ohio – allow “open carry”, the open carrying of a handgun without any licence or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded.

Ohio moderately strengthened its gun laws in 2018 by expanding domestic violence protection orders to include dating partners.

But according to campaign group Giffords Law Center, the state still lacks a number of basic gun safety laws.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s statement on the Dayton shooting

“As Ohio wakes up this morning to the news of this horrific attack, [my wife] Connie and I are filled with sadness for the victims and their families and gratitude for the police officers who responded to the scene and the medical professionals caring for the injured.

“We are also angry – angry that shooting after shooting, politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to pass sensible gun-safety laws to protect our communities.

“We are still learning about the attack in Dayton and we don’t know exactly what, if anything, could have prevented this specific tragedy.

“But we know thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have a responsility to act.”

Footage appears to show emergency vehicles outside a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio
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Officials investigate the scene after a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, US August 4
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Residents comfort each other as they await word on whether they know any victims of the mass shooting
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Cops are investigating an ‘active shooting incident’ in Dayton, Ohio
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