The Dayton, Ohio Mass shooters has been named as Connor Betts, a 24 year old male from Bellbrook.
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Some on social media claim Connor was wearing a “Satanist” patch.
Per TheSun, the Ohio shooter was formally named as Connor Betts, 24 years old, from Bellbrook.
Police named all nine victims – including his own 22-year-old sister Megan Betts.
Six of the nine victims were African-American and police have said they don’t think it was targeted discrimination because of the short timeline of the massacre – but added they aren’t ruling it out.
Betts was killed by police less than a minute after he opened fire with a .223-caliber rifle on innocent revellers enjoying a Saturday night out at 1am.
Police have no confirmed a motive.
In a press conference, Mayor Nan Whaley said: “The gunman was wearing body armour and a had a .223-calibre high capacity magazines and extra magazines.”
The Ohio shooter is believed to have opened fire near Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s Oregon district just after 1am.
In a sombre press conference this morning, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told reporters the gunman used a “high-powered rifle” with .223 calibre high capacity magazines and extra magazines – suggesting the attack had been premeditated.
The Mayor confirmed that 27 people had been injured, including 16 who were taken to hospital. Some are believed to be undergoing surgery.
Per Heavy, Connor Betts was named by CBS News as the body armor-wearing, masked active shooter who shot at least 9 people to death, wounding at least 27 more, in a popular bar and restaurant district in Dayton, Ohio.
CBS News attributed the name to law enforcement sources and said Betts is 24 and from Bellbrook, Ohio. Witnesses said he was wearing all black when he opened fire. Betts was killed by police. According to the network, police were searching his house.
On LinkedIn, the suspect’s biography started to emerge. Betts described himself as offering “extensive customer service experience” and described himself as “good under pressure. Fast learner. Eager to overachieve.” But his employment history consisted of service positions. Dayton police have now identified the shooter on Twitter as Conner Betts, but online and social media records give the spelling as Connor. In a press conference, police confirmed the correct spelling was Connor, not Conner.
According to Daily Beast, Betts’ sister, Megan, 21, and an unidentified male “were found shot” near the mass shooting scene. NBC News reported that the deceased male was Megan’s boyfriend and both were shot. On Facebook, Megan Betts wrote that she was a “tour Guide at Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center” who “Studies at Wright State University Department of Biological Sciences.” You can read more about Megan Betts here.
So far, the motive for the mass shooting remained elusive. In the El Paso mass shooting earlier in the day, a manifesto possibly tied to the gunman there gave clues about motive. In Dayton, there was less of a paper trail pointing toward “why.”
“Clearly, the question has to be, why does Dayton have to be the 250th shooting in America?” Mayor Whaley said. “Two hundred and fifty this year. El Paso was 249, Dayton was 250.”
Assistant Chief Carper said police are investigating to see what Betts’ “possible motivation might have been. The suspect was firing a long gun with multiple rounds at the victims.” The Dayton Daily News reports that eyewitnesses to the attack say that the gunman had been refused entry to the bar. Those rumors have not been confirmed. Officials have not said what they believe the motive for the shooting is. One survivor described seeing bodies falling in the line to get into the bar.
According to a LinkedIn page in his name, Connor Betts was a crew member at Chipotle Mexican Grill starting in 2017 in Centerville, Ohio.
The page says he worked in the crew at a gas station in Centerville for three years from 2014 to 2017.
“I was their go-to guy for anything that needed done – changing lights, painting the walls, covering shifts. Beyond that, I worked the weekend shifts for 3 years – Friday through Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Unfortunately, I started school and Chipotle, and I had to drop Marathon,” he wrote.
According to online records, Connor Betts ran track at Bellbrook High School. Betts did not have any obvious social media accounts that are still active. Daily Beast reported that he lived with his parents and sister.
His parents’ accounts are active. Their names are Moira and Steve Betts. On Facebook, his mom posted pictures of pumpkins, family, Christmas ornaments, Christian religious statues and a graphic that declared “stop the alt right.” She labeled a photo of Betts and an apparent sibling, “My loves.” His dad wrote on Facebook that he was a technical lead for a technologies corporation. Betts’ father posted about net neutrality and funny parody videos. He also shared a video that criticized the rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
Terrified people flooded social media with accounts.