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Ohio Shooter Identified as 24-Year-Old Connor Betts

Posted Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 10:10 am

By Victoria Talbot

Police have identified the deceased Ohio shooter, who killed at least nine and injured 27, as 24-year-old Connor Betts, according to local and federal law enforcement reports.

Witnesses have described the shooter as a “white man” dressed in “all black.”

The FBI and local authorities have served a search warrant at the shooter’s family’s home in Bellbrook, according to CNN affiliate WKEF.

Police Chief Doug Doherty told CHH that he was contacting about the search warrant at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. It is unclear what evidence is being collected, but a motive for the shooting is undetermined.

“We are following along with you of the news coverage from WHIO, the shooter started down the road and made his way towards our business. We have police regularly staffed next to our business who engaged the shooter and neutralized the threat,” said a statement from Ned Peppers, a bar where the incident occurred. 

“Dayton police could not have done a better job responding to this senseless act of violence. We cannot commend them high enough. We are assisting them still in every way we can in their investigation. Clothing items left here have been placed in the rear of our building although the area is still closed until further notice. We do not know at this time when the area or our business will open.”

US President Donald Trump ordered Sunday flags on all government buildings to be flown at half mast for the next five days to mourn the victims of two mass shootings.

“Our Nation mourns with those whose loved ones were murdered in the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and we share in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks,” he said in a presidential proclamation.

“As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible acts of violence … I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds” until sundown on August 8.

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