A new report concerning the Sunday morning shooting incident in Dayton, Ohio which left nine people dead and 26 others injured has identified one of the victims as the shooter’s own younger sister.
The Associated Press reports, “Authorities say the Ohio shooter’s 22-year-old sister is one of the nine victims killed.”
Dayton Police Deputy Chief Matt Carper confirmed that Connor Betts is the shooter and that his sister Megan Betts, 22, was one of those killed.
Speaking at a press conference, Carper identified the nine slain victims, who ranged in age from 22 to 57. He said all families have been notified.
Carper said all nine of the victims were found in the same location.
Dayton Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper named the alleged gunman as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male from Bellbrook, Ohio, who opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, and killed nine people. Officials said his sister Megan Betts, 22, was among those killed pic.twitter.com/3EdJMWkxih
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BBC reports Dayton police chief Richard Biehl revealed that the shooter’s sister was not the first victim of the attack but was among the first individuals which were killed:
The gunman fired his first shot at 01:05 local time (05:05 GMT) in the Oregon district of the city centre, Mr Biehl said. Dozens more rounds followed.
Security camera footage shows dozens of people racing through the doorway of the local Ned Peppers nightclub.
Seconds later, Betts, 24, is seen running towards the venue and being hit by police gunfire as he reaches the door.
He wore body armour and came carrying extra ammunition for his .223-calibre assault rifle with high-capacity magazines.
“Had this individual made it through the doorway of Ned Peppers with that level of weaponry, there would have been catastrophic injury and loss of life,” Mr Biehl said.
The rifle was ordered online from Texas, police said, and there was nothing in his history that would have stopped him from buying the gun legally.
The gunman’s sister, Megan Betts, aged 22, was among the dead.
“She was not the first victim, but she was one of the initial victims,” Mr Biehl said.
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BBC also reports the full list of the victims of the Dayton attack. The shooter was killed in a very brief exchange with law enforcement and his name is intentionally excluded from the list:
- Megan Betts, 22
- Nicholas Cummer, 25
- Thomas McNichols, 25
- Lois Oglesby, 27
- Logan Turner, 30
- Beatrice Warren Curtice, 36
- Saeed Saleh, 38
- Monica Brickhouse, 39
- Derrick Fudge, 57