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9 killed, 26 wounded in Dayton in second U.S. mass shooting within 24 hours

DAYTON, Ohio (AP and CNN) — Nine people were killed and at least 26 injured Sunday in a shooting in a popular nightclub district of downtown Dayton, Ohio, police say.

Officers killed the lone suspect after he fired for less than a minute from a ".223 high-capacity" gun, and he had additional magazines with him, Mayor Nan Whaley said. The .223 caliber is used in rifles like the AR-15 assault rifle used in previous mass shootings.

On Sunday afternoon, the shooter was identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts. Police said one of the victims was his 22-year-old sister, Megan.

Witnesses comfort one another at the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

Deb Decker, public information officer for Montgomery County, said the shooter used an assault rifle.

The event followed by 13 hours a shooting that left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas.

The Dayton shooting took place about 1 a.m. on East Fifth Street in the city's Oregon District, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper said early Sunday morning.


The suspect has not been identified. Carper said the shooter fired multiple rounds from "a very large gun, in technical terms." The shooting happened as the suspect was making his way toward a bar called Ned Peppers, Decker said.

Someone from Ned Peppers grabbed the barrel of the rifle, and the shooter "picked up a handgun and was willing to continue shooting," Decker said, when police arrived and killed the shooter.

The shooter wore body armor, she said.

No officers were injured, Carper said.

Authorities work the scene Sunday morning in Dayton.

"In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter," Whaley said.

"I really want to -- think about that minute. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. And 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," Whaley said.

"The question has to be raised, why does Dayton have to be the 250th mass shooting this year?"

Police believe that the suspect acted alone and that there is no remaining threat to the community, but the investigation is ongoing, Carper said, and the FBI is assisting. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

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  • lml25

    The MSM doesn’t like it when whites show opposition–in any form– to the path our country is going..These two incidents were extreme examples of opposition(maybe,we don’t know yet).The globalist groups get very afraid of whites organizing to reverse what’s been happening the last 40 years-the slow deterioration of what used to be the USA.I was watching the news programs today– all I have to say is this:whites have no representation anymore.Everyone went on the airwaves to attack white people with the blanket phrase,”white supremacist” or “white nationalist”.Those are catchphrases meant to put whites on the defensive.What would you call a black who was a member of the NAACP or BLM?A black supremacist?No one does.A Mexican in a pro-immigration Latino group is fine–but whites can’t get together to protest what politicians are doing to us.
    I believe if the shooter in El Paso had somewhere to turn to–a national political group for whites (and there is none),there would be no shooting yesterday.And yet,we still don’t know what happened.I posted a story by Andy Ngo,who 6 days ago reported that Antifa types were going to converge on El Paso on Sept 1st for a ten day siege “to protest anti-immigration policies.Pictures of dead ICE members were shown on accompanying posters.”You can Google it.Coincidence that El Paso was where Antifa was headed and yesterday’s shooting? Maybe Antifa just got there a little early.
    I’ll repost the article below.

    • Better common sense

      You’re once again making incidents about your stupid political ideology. Before you start, I’m not a Democrat. This acts of stupidity by imbeciles who can’t accept that we all must evolve to continue to be the country we are. Change is inevitable, progress is inevitable, evolution is inevitable. We all need from each other and acts of violence like this only separate us even further. Anyone who commits acts of violence on another person deserves to be punished. Regardless of political background or ethnic origin.

      • lml25

        This is not evolving–this is de-evolving.Get a dictionary out–evolution would indicate an improving America.We have the exact opposite of that going on the last 40 years.My neighborhood has DE-EVOLVED. Grand Rapids has DE-EVOLVED.The country is going backwards and DE-EVOLVING.What was once a great city to live in,has deteriorated thanks to diversity and the subsequent de-evolution.But to you,I agree,what’s taking place is probably a boon.

        • Better common sense

          Your slow level of brain development has proven the low level of neurons produced in it. You will be locked in the past. You will be left behind while the rest of us seek a better and brighter future with whomever wants to keep our country leading the world in various ways. We cherish those who are willing to work hard to get us further, and not those like you who want to keep everything the same and still demand everything without working hard for it. America didn’t become who we are by just sitting on our ass, we worked hard to get where we are. And everyone who is here working hard day in and out, has allowed us to get us there. Regardless of who they are.

  • lml25

    The Daily Caller log
    Report: Far-Left Groups Plan ‘Siege’ On El Paso, Texas, To Push for Bolder Resistance’
    A member of an anti-fascist or Antifa group (L) argues with police as they try to reach the Alt-Right “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington, DC, July 6, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images)

    July 30, 2019(This was written 5 days before Saturday’s shooting)
    9:17 AM ET
    Correction: While various antifa-sympathetic groups have promoted and encouraged this event, there is insufficient evidence to say antifa is “planning” or involved in the event. That language has been removed and clarified.

    A far-left movement is reportedly planning a “siege” of El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to raise awareness of alleged abuses at the U.S.-Mexico border. Their promotion poster features explicit depictions of violence, including what appears to be an ICE officer lying dead on the ground, riddled with arrows.

    The so-called “Border Resistance” exercise involves a “militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX,” according to a tweet Monday from reporter Andy Ngo.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the organization putting the event together flatly denied Ngo’s description.

    “We have no affiliation with Antifa. We are not offering militancy training. We are having educational workshops about what is happening on the border and how to work better inside of communities. It’s not militancy training in any way,” the spokesperson told Lead Stories.

    Andy Ngo, a Portland-based journalist, is seen covered in unknown substance after unidentified Rose City Antifa members attacked him on June 29, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Moriah Ratner/Getty Images)

    The promotional image shows border enforcement officers being killed & government property fire bombed. Organizers are asking for “white comrades to pay for others.”
    LML25:Quite the coincidence that EL Paso was the city chosen for Antifa types to
    protest in on September 1st..Maybe they just got there a little early.

  • stop the madness

    OMG, I had no idea the Crescent Moon had that much power over people. Or could it be the environment these nut jobs have been brought up in for the past several years had something to do with it. These are not new events so please don’t blame any recent leadership. There is an underlying disease in this country telling the weak minded that shooting innocents is ok. I just hope someone will say something the next time they see something to save some innocents.

  • Matt

    Wonder how many shootings happened in Chicago yesterday, black on black crime is ok. If a shooter is white, its racial motivated. Definition of stupidity

    • mike

      According to MSNBC, any white mass shooter is a white supremacist and nothing less. Can’t objectively report the news and not put their agenda all over it without appearing to be biased against guns or Republicans. I am all for getting rid of the AR-15’s as they only function to kill many people or animals in a short time period. I am retired military and understand the feeling some have about AR-15’s. Just doesn’t seem to be a need for them, just like Tommy Guns that are outlawed…

  • George

    We all knew a slew of mass shooting was inbound. As usual when the Dems need a distraction from reality. Every time, without fail. The shooters are puppets of the left wing commie rat bastards.

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