ALL NEWS

What we know about the shooting in Dayton, Ohio

Aug 4, 2019, 10:20 AM

When a gunman opened fire on revelers enjoying a night out in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, he killed...

When a gunman opened fire on revelers enjoying a night out in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, he killed nine people in less than a minute. Photo courtesy of CNN.

Here’s what we know:

How it unfolded

The shooting broke out shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday as a man armed with an assault rifle approached the Ned Peppers bar in the downtown Oregon District, where thousands of people fill bars and nightclubs each weekend.

When someone from Ned Peppers grabbed the barrel of the shooter’s long gun, the man picked up a handgun to continue the assault. Police officers on patrol nearby shot and killed the gunman less than a minute after the shooting began.

“I really want to — think about that minute. … If we did not have police in the Oregon District and the thousands of people in the Oregon District enjoying their Saturday evening, what we could have had in this city,” Mayor Nan Whaley said.

The entire incident unfolded on the street.

The gunman

The gunman has been identified as Connor Betts, 24, according to local and federal law enforcement sources. The FBI and local law enforcement have served a search warrant at the shooter’s family home in Bellbrook, Ohio.

US Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, described the suspect as a “young white male,” and Dayton police said they will release more information later Sunday.

The shooter was wearing body armor, used a “.223 high-capacity” gun and had additional magazines with him, according to Whaley.

The .223 caliber is used in rifles like the AR-15 assault rifle used in previous mass shootings.

The victims

In addition to nine people killed, 27 were injured, according to authorities. They have not been identified.

No officers were injured, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper said.

The investigation

Local, state and federal authorities, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are investigating the shooting and what led up to it.

The motive is not known.

“We don’t know the thoughts of the shooter at this time,” Whaley said.

The reaction

A vigil is planned for 8 p.m. Sunday. Condolences for the city and calls to end gun violence resonated across social media Sunday with the hashtags #DaytonStrong and #EnoughisEnough trending on Twitter.

President Donald Trump weighed in Sunday on the shooting in Dayton as well as a shooting in El Paso that occurred 13 hours earlier.

“God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio,” he wrote in a tweet.

Brown called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “bring the Senate back tomorrow” to pass a gun-buying background check measure in the wake of the shootings in Dayton and in El Paso.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

In this remote camera image released by Friends of Big Bear Valley, are a pair of bald eagles stand...

Associated Press

Hatch watch is underway at a California bald eagle nest monitored by a popular online camera feed

Southern California Mountains has an eagle laying on her eggs while people watch to see the eggs hatch from a video on their devices.

11 minutes ago

Wednesday afternoon, a bill banning transgender-related surgery passed its first hurdle on capitol ...

Adam Small

What bills still need action on the final day of the 2024 Legislative Session

SALT LAKE CITY— Friday is the final day of Utah’s 2024 General Legislative Session. State lawmakers are now working with mere hours on the clock to get any remaining bill passed and on to the governor’s desk. Utah House Minority Leader Angela Romero joins us live at 8:15!   One major bill still needing action […]

19 minutes ago

Winter conditions...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Here’s what to expect as remnants of California blizzard head to Utah

Much of Utah is under a winter weather advisory as remnants of California's blizzard heads to Utah. Wind and cold temperatures on the way.

58 minutes ago

food pantries...

Heather Peterson

Food pantries running low due to spike in demand

According to Feeding America, 316,980 people are facing hunger in Utah, and 93,050 are children.

1 hour ago

Now hiring sign...

PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer

US economy grew solid 3.2% in fourth quarter, a slight downgrade from government’s initial estimate

Far from stumbling, the economy grew 2.5% for all of 2023, topping the 1.9% growth in 2022.

2 hours ago

baby feet, utah postpartum retreat helps new moms...

Britt Johnson

Utah company aims to help postpartum moms with special retreats

The founder of Utah Postpartum Retreat said she thinks new moms are at high risk for developing postpartum mood disorders because they lack support.

2 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

What we know about the shooting in Dayton, Ohio