DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Authorities have identified the suspect who carried out the second mass shooting in 24 hours Sunday morning.
24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a highly-populated area of Daytona, killing his sister and eight others.
He used a .223 caliber rifle before he was fatally shot by police less than a minute after the shooting started.
In an afternoon press conference given by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, he praised police given the outcome could have been much worse.
“I want to thank the police department, the officers that were involved in ending this tragedy. Their professionalism, their quickness, their amazing courage, and response undoubtedly saved many, many lives. We will never know how many lives were saved,” he said.
The victims were identified as:
- Lois L. Oglesby, 27
- Megan K. Betts, 22
- Saeed Saleh, 38
- Derrick R. Fudge, 57
- Logan M. Turner, 30
- Nicholas P. Cumer, 25
- Thomas J. McNichols, 25
- Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36
- Monica N. Brickhouse, 39
When asked about the motive of Betts, Dayton Police Chief answered, “We’re always looking at what could have motivated such a horrific action as this, and like I said this morning we’re interviewing dozens of people and going through a lot of different electronic evidence and other evidence to try to determine that. We don’t have that answer yet, this is the first day. This is going to be a lengthy investigation.”
Ten people are dead, including a suspect, in a mass shooting in the Oregon District in downtown Dayton early Sunday morning.
The shooting happened just after 1:00 a.m. in the 400 block of East Fifth St. 26 people were injured and taken to area hospitals in unknown conditions.
Police believe there was only one shooter, and have not yet identified the suspect or a motive. The suspect used a .223 caliber rifle and fired multiple rounds.
“Fortunately, we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when the incident started. There was a very short timeline of violence. For that, we are very fortunate,” Carper said.
Police are still working to identify the suspect and do not have any information about a possible motive.
President Trump tweeted Sunday morning about the shootings in both Dayton and El Paso, Texas.
Gov. Mike DeWine issued the following statement about the mass shooting just before 7 a.m. on Sunday.
“Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families. I have spoken with Mayor Nan Whaley and offered any assistance on behalf of the state. I have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous act. I commend Dayton Police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response to save lives and bring an end to this tragedy.”GOV. MIKE DEWINE
“I have ordered that flags in Ohio remain at half-mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost their lives this morning.”