Ohio shooting: Sister of gunman among nine killed in shooting at Dayton bar

Massacre was second mass shooting in 13 hours

Clark Mindock
New York
Monday 05 August 2019 09:26 BST
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Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley says she is 'amazed' by the heroics of the local police

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The sister of the suspected gunman in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, is among the nine people who were killed in the attack, officials said.

The alleged gunman opened fire near a bar in the city shortly after 1am local time on Sunday, reaping carnage that officials said on Sunday was likely indiscriminate since it happened over a period of just one minute.

Among those killed was his sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts. Police identified the other fatalities as 27-year-old Lois Oglesby, 38-year-old Saeed Saleh, 57-year-old Derrick Fudge, 30-year-old Logan Turner, 25-year-old Nicholas Cumer, 25-year-old Thomas McNichols, 36-year-old Warren Curtis, and 39-year-old Monica Brickhouse.

“Our people are very well trained for a situation like this,” said Matt Carper, the assistant police chief for the Dayton Police Department. He noted that it was ”very fortunate that the officers were in close proximity“.

Nan Whaley, the mayor of the city, said that she was “amazed” by that quick response, and described the events as the kind of nightmare that every elected official dreads.

“As a mayor, this is a day that we all dread happening,” she told reporters. “What's very sad is I've got messages from mayors across the country – it's sad that we've all gone through it.”

The killing marked the second mass shooting in the US in just 13 hours, after at least 20 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso when a gunman who had apparently posted an anti-immigrant screed online opened fire.

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The attacker in Ohio has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, and officials did not immediately disclose a motive for the attack.

Reports indicate that his sister was found dead in a vehicle, alongside her boyfriend.

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