(Reuters) – A gunman wearing physique armor opened fireplace in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday, killing 9 folks together with his sister and wounding 27 others, authorities mentioned, within the second lethal U.S. mass taking pictures in lower than a day.
Law enforcement officials who had been on routine patrol close by arrived on the scene in lower than a minute and shot the attacker useless, seemingly stopping a a lot increased casualty toll, police and the town’s mayor mentioned.
“In lower than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter,” Mayor Nan Whaley mentioned at a information convention. “I’m simply nonetheless utterly amazed on the heroic nature of our police division.”
Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper named the gunman as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male from Bellbrook, Ohio, and mentioned his sister Megan Betts, 22, was amongst these killed.
Carper instructed reporters the taking pictures started at 1 a.m. native time in Dayton’s Oregon District, an historic neighborhood well-liked for its nightclubs, eating places, artwork galleries and outlets.
The motive behind the taking pictures was not instantly clear, and investigators imagine the person had acted alone, Carper mentioned.
The victims had been 4 ladies and 5 males and ranged in age from 22 to 57, authorities mentioned, including that the youngest was the gunman’s sister. Six of the 9 folks killed had been African-American.
“There isn’t a lot discrimination within the taking pictures,” Carper instructed reporters. “It occurred in a really quick time frame.”
Of the 27 folks injured, 4 remained in critical situation and one particular person in essential, medical authorities mentioned.
Whaley mentioned the suspect wore physique armor and fired a rifle with .223-caliber rounds from high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Had cops not confronted the suspect as shortly as they did, “tons of of individuals within the Oregon District may very well be useless at this time,” the mayor mentioned.
FBI brokers had been helping within the investigation.
The taking pictures in Dayton, a riverfront metropolis of about 140,000 folks in southwestern Ohio, got here simply 13 hours after a mass taking pictures at a Walmart retailer in El Paso, Texas, the place 20 folks had been killed and 26 others wounded. The 21-year-old suspect in that taking pictures was arrested.
The Ohio taking pictures was the third main outbreak of U.S. gun violence, coming seven days after an adolescent killed three folks with an assault rifle at a meals pageant in Northern California earlier than taking his personal life.
The newest taking pictures occurred outdoors a Dayton tavern referred to as Ned Peppers Bar.
The Dayton Every day Information cited a Fb submit from James Wilson, who mentioned he was a buyer sitting on a patio simply outdoors the bar when the taking pictures occurred in entrance of the institution.
“He (a gunman) tried to get into the bar however didn’t make it by way of the door,” Wilson wrote. “Somebody took the gun from him and he bought shot and is useless.”
One witness, Anthony Reynolds, mentioned he heard gunfire that sounded prefer it was coming from a high-powered weapon.
“Simply growth growth growth growth growth growth speedy,” he mentioned. “You could possibly inform there’s an enormous gun. You’re not going to get these from no handgun. You’re not.”
Deb Decker, a spokeswoman for emergency companies in Montgomery County, Ohio, instructed CNN the assailant had been making his strategy to Ned Peppers from one other bar when somebody grabbed the barrel of his rifle, and he drew a handgun, however was then shot as police arrived.
The mayor mentioned the carnage in Dayton marked the 250th mass taking pictures in the US to this point this yr, a determine that would not instantly be verified.
Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Kim Palmer in Columbus; Further reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Modifying by Angus MacSwan, Alexandra Hudson and Lisa Shumaker