Dayton Mass Shooting Leaves at Least 10 Dead, 26 Injured

The suspect, 24-year-old Connor Betts, who was shot dead by police, was carrying a .223-caliber rifle and wore armor

Last Updated: August 4, 2019 @ 10:05 AM

The shooter in a bar in Dayton, Ohio, that killed 9 people and injured 26 others has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, of Bellbrook, Ohio, law enforcement sources told CBS News.

Authorities said that Betts was wearing body armor and carrying a .233-caliber rifle when he opened fire in the bar early Sunday. The law enforcement sources said police are searching his home.

Betts was also shot and killed by local police, who responded to the incident “within a minute,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said during a news conference. No other details about the suspect were immediately available.

The shooting occurred outside a popular nightclub called Ned Peppers in the city’s crowded downtown Oregon district around 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, authorities said via Twitter.

This is the second mass shooting to occur in the U.S. in less than 24 hours. On Saturday, a gunman opened fire in a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people and injuring 26 others.

The suspect in that massacre, a 21-year-old named Patrick Crusius from the Dallas suburb of Allen, Texas, was taken into custody by police.

Authorities said they were investigating a manifesto Crusius may have posted online detailing a planned attack in response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” As a result, authorities said that he may be charged with hate crimes as well as face capital murder charges.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, President Trump praised law enforcement for its “very rapid” response to both the incidents in El Paso and Dayton. “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio,” he added.

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