All it took was about 30 seconds for the 24-year-old gunman to take nine lives and injure over two dozen more before police rushed In and killed the suspect. Police in Dayton, Ohio, released surveillance video late Sunday evening of the moment the deadly shooting came to an end.
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The gunman, who was later identified by police as Connor Betts, began shooting indiscriminately towards the crowded nightclub area. Bullets can be seen ricocheting off the ground and whizzing past innocent people.
Police stated the shooting began in a nearby alley where he claimed his first victim. From there, he proceeded towards the crowded nightlife area where he shot and killed an additional eight people while wearing body armor and a bulletproof mask, police stated in a press conference Sunday night. One of those eight was his younger sister.
Innocent bystanders can be seen fleeing for safety into a nearby bar called “Ned Peppers.” The shooter must have noticed this and directed his rampage towards the bar. As he reaches the front door of the bar, six police officers can be seen coming into frame firing shots at the man.
The footage shows the shooter hit the ground after being shot multiple times by police. Law enforcement surmised if the shooter was able to get into the bar, the death toll would have been in the hundreds.
Sgt. William C. Knight; Officer Brian Rolfes; Officer Jeremy Campbell; Officer Vincent Carter; Officer Ryan Nabel; and Officer David Denlinger are the heroic officers who were responsible for stopping the rampage, the Daily Mail reported.
It’s currently unclear which officer was responsible for killing the shooter. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said in a press conference Sunday morning that the shooter was carrying a .223-caliber rifle and had additional high-capacity magazines with him.
New details about the 24-year-old have emerged including his troubled time in high school. According to Chris Baker, the former principal of Bellbrook High School, the shooter was suspended after he wrote a “hit list” of people he wanted to kill at school on the bathroom wall.
“I would not dispute that information, but I don’t want to get involved any more than just making that comment,” Baker said.