Officials said a masked gunman in a flak jacket opened fire in the early hours of the morning in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before police quickly killed him.
Armed with a 223 caliber rifle with magazines capable of carrying at least 100 rounds of ammunition, Connor Bates, 24, was shot about 30 seconds after his rampage began around 1 a.m. in the Oregon Historic District, Police Chief Richard said. Biel. .
Behl said that after dozens of shots were fired, he was killed at the entrance to a bar in which people were hiding, adding that had Bates entered, the result would have been “catastrophic.”
Police said Bates’ 22-year-old sister Megan was the youngest of the dead – all of them killed in a nightlife spot in the bars, restaurants and theaters that is a safe area downtown.
Police said the gunman was white and six of the dead were black. Although they would investigate the possibility of a hate crime, they said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting appear unlikely.
Meet the other dead people: Monica Brickhouse, 39; Nicholas Kummer, 25 years old; Derek Fudge, 57; Thomas McNicols, 25 years old; Louis Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38 years old. Logan Turner, 30 years old; And Beatrice N. Warren Curtis, 36.
The mayor said that at least 27 people were treated for injuries, and at least 15 of them were released.
Hospital officials said at a press conference that many of them were in serious or critical condition. Officials said that some were hit by multiple live bullets and others were wounded while fleeing.
Bates was from Bellbrook, southeast of Dayton. Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty said he and his officers were unaware of any history of violence committed by Bates, including during high school.
Brad Howard said he went to school with Bates and knew him for two decades.
“The Conor Bates I knew was a nice kid,” said Howard. “The Conor Bates I talked to was always a good match.”
Police blocked access to the Bates neighborhood, where neighbor Stephen Cornwer said he often saw Bates mowing the lawn or walking the dog.
“He looked like a good kid,” Cornwer said. “He wasn’t the speed demon, and he didn’t do anything madly. But that doesn’t mean, I mean, he clearly had a problem.”
Nikita Papillon, 23, was across the street at Newcom’s Tavern when the shooting started. She said she saw a girl she spoke to earlier dumped outside the Ned Peppers bar, where Bates was killed at the entrance.
“She told me she liked my clothes and thought I was cute,” Papillon said. “I told her I like her clothes and I think they are cute.” She herself had gone to Ned Peppers the night before, calling it the kind of place where “you don’t have to worry about someone shooting the place.”
She said, “People my age, we don’t think something like this will happen.” “And when that happens, words cannot describe it.”
Tiania Leonard, 28, was in the back, smoking Newcoms. I heard “loud bangs” I initially thought were someone knocking on a garbage can.
“It was very loud, but then you can tell it was gunshots and there were a lot of shots,” said Leonard.
Employees of an Oregon bar named Ned Peppers said in a Facebook post that they were shocked and confused by the shooting. The bar said that the guard was treated for shrapnel wounds.
A message requesting further comments has been left for employees.
The governor visited the scene after earlier requesting that flags in Ohio remain half the staff.
Dwyane, a Republican, said policymakers should now think: “Is there anything we can do in the future to make sure nothing like this happens?”
The two Senators from Ohio visited the site of the mass shooting. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said that answering with thoughts and prayers was not enough and that stronger gun safety laws were needed. Republican Senator Rob Portman said the discussion should include not only changes in policy, but issues such as mental health support.
Wali said more than 50 other mayors have contacted her.
The Family Aid Center was set up at the Dayton Convention Center, with people looking for information on victims arriving regularly throughout the morning, many of them at their best, and some looking to bed from a sleepless night. Some local priests were there to provide support.