Many more would have died in Dayton if not for immediate police response

In under 60 seconds, a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 more in a mass shooting in Dayton’s historic Oregon District early Sunday morning.

The Dayton Daily News reported that police say 24-year-old Connor Betts wore a mask and bullet-proof vest, and “killed one person in an alley next to Blind Bob’s bar then turned right onto East Fifth Street and opened fire on the crowd of entertainment district patrons, killing eight more people and wounding 27 before police officers shot and killed him. Among the victims was the gunman’s sister Megan Betts, 22, who arrived at the Oregon District with him.”

Luckily, six Dayton police officers were there to engage with the active shooter within 20 seconds and had him down within 30 seconds of Betts’ first shot. But for the heroic and expeditious actions of these officers, the death toll might be much higher.

“If the Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people in the Oregon District would be dead today,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. The potential for even more carnage was abundant. This attack followed the horrific act of terror that occurred hours earlier at a Wal-Mart shopping center in El Paso, TX.

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H/T: Dayton Daily News