Dayton, Ohio Shooting Spree Leaves 10 Dead, 27 Hurt And Is Halted ‘In Under A Minute’ By Police Who Shot Suspect

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In the second mass shooting here in the US in less than 24 hours, Dayton, Ohio, was hit with a murderous horror last night just hours after the El Paso, Texas shooting that claimed 20 lives and injured 26. Ten were killed in Dayton and 27 injured as well. The shooter was ostensibly a white guy in black body armor, armed and intent on killing.

The suspect opened fire outside a bar called Ned Peppers in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday before responding officers shot the armed assailant to death less than a minute into the rampage, according to officials. Good deal and well done to those officers. The Dayton Police Department said on Twitter the incident occurred at 1 a.m. in the city’s Oregon District near downtown, but officers were nearby and “were able to respond and put an end to it quickly.”

The gunman was carrying a .223-caliber rifle and had additional high-capacity magazines with him. The suspect opened fire on the Ned Peppers Bar from the street. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and earmuffs.

From Fox News:

“Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a Sunday morning news conference the shooter was wearing body armor and had extra magazines. The Oregon District was filled with “thousands” of people out on a weekend night at the time, according to Whaley. Officers were also stationed in the neighborhood and were able to halt the rampage less than a minute after it began, the mayor added.

“If Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute — and figure that 26 injured, 9 dead — hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” Whaley told reporters.

“Lt. Col. Matt Carper said at the suspect was shot to death by responding officers.

“This is extremely unusual, obviously, for any community, let alone Dayton,” Carper told reporters. “In our Oregon District, this is unheard of.”

“The Oregon District is a historic neighborhood that Carper described as “a safe part of downtown,” home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants, and theaters. The shooting took place outside, on the 400-block of East 5th Street

“Witnesses said they saw an unspecified number of “walking wounded” in the area, according to local media reports. Tianycia Leonard, 28, told the Associated Press she was out back, smoking, at Newcom’s when heard “loud thumps” that she initially thought was people pounding on a dumpster.

“It was so noisy, but then you could tell it was gunshots and there was a lot of rounds,” Leonard said.

“At least 26 others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, according to police. Kettering Health Network spokesperson Elizabeth Long told Fox News the health network received 13 patients at four of their hospitals.

“One of their hospitals received 9 patients with gunshot wounds, seven that arrived by ambulance and two who walked in. Two were in surgery, with one listed in critical condition.

“Long told Fox News that most of the gunshot wounds were lower extremities, while one person had a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. Long told Fox News she expected the number of patients to rise, and that people will realize they need to be seen “once the shock wears off.”

“One newspaper reporter told a local radio station that abandoned shoes were seen in the area of the shooting — left behind as panicking people fled. Police tape could be seen on Sunday morning near a pile of shoes outside the bar where the gunfire erupted.

“Neither the shooter nor the victims were immediately identified.”

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) tweeted that his daughter and a family friend had entered the Tumbleweed Connection when the shooting began “across the street.”

“Both reported of the visible @DaytonPolice presence before the shooting and the bravery they witnessed as officers ran toward the gun shots,” Turner said, adding in another tweet: “My daughter & friend fled into #OregonDistrict & contacted me at 2am. As they ran home, I followed their progress & prayed for them & our community. Thank you to @DaytonPolice for their bravery in stopping this evil.”

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, Dayton police said. A family assistance center was set up at the Dayton Convention Center.

An eyewitness on Facebook put this out: “He tried to go into the bar but did not make it through the door. Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead.

“There are at least eight people dead right by the picnic table where I was on the street. A bunch of people taken to the hospital. I don’t know how any… this place is a disaster.”

The left is also blaming President Trump for this shooting and calling for more gun control. Predictable and absolutely wrong. Using these senseless and tragic deaths as political fodder is disgusting.

These attacks feel like copycat shootings and I can’t help but think that leftists are behind all of it to feed their political agenda.

UPDATE: The Dayton, Ohio, shooter is 24-year-old Connor Betts of Bellbrook, Ohio, law enforcement officials told CBS News, and a law enforcement official confirmed it.

Sources: Fox News, Breitbart, Dayton Daily News, The Daily Mail (1), The Daily Mail (2), The RightScoop

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