DAYTON, Ohio – Authorities in Ohio have released security footage that shows officers running into heavy gunfire to take out the man mercilessly gunning down a crowd.
That was all the time that it took for these heroes to take out the crazed shooter who viciously gunned down as many people as he could see. Though he was reportedly wearing body armor, these trained warriors stormed into the very situation they hope never happens in their city and neutralized the threat.
Just 30 seconds… and still nine people were killed and nearly 30 more were wounded. The officers had arrived on the scene approximately 10 minutes after the first 911 call was placed.
The six officers who engaged the shooter reportedly took him out before he was able to enter Ned Peppers, a local bar in the Oregon District. The local chief said their actions came in the nick of time, undoubtedly saving countless innocent lives.
“Had this individual made it through the doorway of Ned Peppers, there would have been catastrophic injury and loss of life,” the Dayton chief said.
Others also noted the bravery of the officers who have to face off against more and more of these tragedies in recent history.
“We’re seeing so many more of these, police are having to adjust and go into these situations and respond, it’s a really difficult time to be in law enforcement right now,” Former Secret Service agent and law enforcement analyst Evy Poumpouras said.
The video of the responding officers can be seen below.
The Dayton mayor also praised the officers for their quick thinking.
“If they had not been there, the shooter would have gotten into an establishment and hundreds would have been dead on Sunday morning instead of nine,” Mayor Nan Whaley said.
Police also confirmed on Monday that the Dayton gunman drove to the scene of the carnage with his sister, then made her one of the nine victims in the massacre.
The man who police say was the killer was 24-year-old Connor Betts.
His sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts, was one of the bodies left in the Ohio city lined with bars and restaurants around 1 a.m., police said in a briefing.
(Below: Security footage shows chaos as Connor Betts opens fire.)
According to officials, right before the massacre, the siblings and a mutual acquaintance drove together to the nightlife district in Betts’ father’s 2007 Toyota Corolla.
Officials are still piecing together what they’ve learned in the hours since the shooting began.
Not long after the three arrived, Connor Betts split up from the other two.
Police say that’s when grabbed his AR-15-style rifle, crept through an alley towards the row of people hanging out and opened fire.
The rifle was equipped with a double-drum magazine with a 100-round capacity, and Betts used it to shoot his first victims near a tattoo parlor.
Police say he then moved across the street towards Ned Peppers Bar before being shot and killed by responding police officers.
I typically refrain from opinion, but the Dayton police officers who took down the shooter showed extraordinary heroism. Had they not put their lives on the line by running toward the gunfire, dozens more lives could have been lost.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) August 5, 2019
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Police said Megan Betts was among the dead and their friend was wounded.
The other eight victims who died were identified by officials as:
Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Derrick Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39.
We should all know the names of the officers who rushed toward the gunfire and took out the threat in Dayton in 30 seconds, and the first responders in El Paso who saved lives
They are American law enforcement. Those are our people.
That’s who we are.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 5, 2019
Police recovered both the rifle and a shotgun from inside the Toyota. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said they were both legally purchased by Betts.
They haven’t yet publicly identified a specific motive in the shooting, but they have said they’re not sure whether Megan Betts was her brother’s intended target.
“It’s a nagging question and I just don’t have the answer,” said Biehl.
He also touched on the Betts family.
“This is a nightmare for them, and I think they are struggling, as you can understand.”