What we know about the Dayton shooting

  • Nine people were killed and 27 others were injured early Sunday. The gunman was also killed.
  • The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, of Bellbrook, Ohio. Betts did not have a record with police.
  • Betts used an assault-style rifle, a .223 caliber weapon with high capacity magazines and wore body armor during the shooting.
  • Multiple law enforcement officials told CBS News there is not a hate crime nexus yet in the Dayton shooting, which occurred outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District of Dayton.
  • Law enforcement officials confirmed the suspect's sister, Megan Betts, 22, was among the nine victims.

Nine people in Ohio were killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, authorities said. Dayton police tweeted that an active shooter situation began at 1 a.m. Sunday in a historic district that's a popular nightlife destination, but officers nearby were able to "put an end to it quickly."

Lt. Col. Matt Carper said at a press conference that the suspect was shot to death by responding officers. At least 27 others were injured, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a news conference.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News the shooter was identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, of Bellbrook, Ohio. The sources said police were searching his home Sunday morning.

Police believe there was only one shooter and have not yet identified the suspect or a motive. Whaley said the suspect used a "very large gun" and was wearing body armor.

No details about the victims were released. Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Terrea Little said the hospital had received 16 victims, but she couldn't confirm their conditions.

The shooting took place in the Oregon District, a historic neighborhood that Carper described as "a safe part of downtown," home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants and theaters.

Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting near Ned Peppers Bar Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

"Words can't describe it"

The shooting took place outside, on the 400 block of East 5th Street. Nikita Papillon, 23, was across the street at Newcom's Tavern when the shooting started.

She said she saw a girl she had talked to earlier lying outside Ned Peppers Bar. "She had told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute," Papillon said.

She herself had been to Ned Peppers the night before, describing it as the kind of place "where you don't have to worry about someone shooting up the place."

"People my age, we don't think something like this is going to happen," she said. "And when it happens, words can't describe it."

Tianycia Leonard, 28, was in the back, smoking, at Newcom's. She 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. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

A family assistance center was set up at the Dayton Convention Center.

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