One year after mass shooting, frustration in Ohio city
In this photo made on July 29, 2020, Dion Green stands outside his home in Dayton, Ohio. Green whose father died in a mass shooting on a night out together, spoke about the book he wrote about surviving that shooting as the anniversary of the 2019 shooting approaches. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)DAYTON, Ohio Tormented by mind-scarring memories and questions without answers, Dion Green has dedicated his life after the death of his father and eight other people in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, to memorializing them and trying to bring helpful change. The mass shooting brought an outpouring of community grieving and support, along with a Dayton Strong slogan. Within hours of the Dayton shooting, which came on the heels of a mass slaying of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, politicians started calling for gun ownership reforms.
One year after mass shooting, frustration in Ohio city
In this photo made on July 29, 2020, Dion Green stands outside his home in Dayton, Ohio. Green whose father died in a mass shooting on a night out together, spoke about the book he wrote about surviving tornadoes that shooting as the anniversary of the 2019 shooting approaches. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)DAYTON, Ohio Tormented by mind-scarring memories and questions without answers, Dion Green has dedicated his life after the death of his father and eight other people in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, to memorializing them and trying to bring helpful change. The mass shooting brought an outpouring of community grieving and support, along with a Dayton Strong slogan. Within hours of the Dayton shooting, which came on the heels of a mass slaying of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, politicians started calling for gun ownership reforms.
Obituaries paint flattering portraits of Dayton shooter, sister
Flowers form a small memorial in front of a bar in the Oregon District following Sunday's mass shooting on Aug. 5, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (CNN) - The family of the Dayton, Ohio, shooter has published glowing obituaries of both the gunman and one of the first casualties in the massacre -- his younger sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts. A woman answering the phone at Conner & Koch said the obituaries came from the Betts family. Another woman answering the phone on a follow-up call said Megan Betts' obituary also appeared in a local paper, while her brother's had not. A younger sister about to graduate from collegeThe Dayton Daily News published Megan Betts' obituary.
Friend of Dayton shooter to face federal charges
(CNN) - A person who provided Dayton shooter Connor Betts the body armor he used during his attack will face federal firearms charges, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Monday. The suspect also falsified information on federal firearms forms related to two handguns and a pistol version of a rifle, which the person owned, the source said. Those three weapons were not used in the Aug. 4 attack, the source said. The source would not identify the person being charged but characterized the person as Betts' friend. He also expressed interest in committing a mass shooting, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said.
Man Shields Girlfriend From Rain of Bullets: 'He's the Best Boyfriend in the World'
Camryn Crowder, 24, acted as a human shield to his girlfriend, Brittany Dungey, as the shots from gunman Connor Betts rang out. Betts was killed by police less than a minute after he first opened fire, but in that time, he killed nine people and injured many more. I had to ask him, Are we hit am I shot?When I covered her up I was certain a bullet was going to hit one of us. He's the best boyfriend in the world. I never thought he would kill anyone.
Dayton shooter's family mourns loss of 2 children, requests privacy
Connor Betts, 24, who armed himself with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle, fired 41 shots early Sunday, killing his sister, Megan Betts, 22, and eight others in a popular nightlife district, police said. The Betts family will cooperate with law enforcement in the "investigation into this tragedy," according to the statement. They also asked for privacy to mourn their loss and "to process the horror of Sunday's events." A Twitter account that appears to belong to Betts expressed support for Antifa, or anti-fascist, protesters, and also retweeted extreme left-wing and anti-police posts. Megan Betts 'was good to her roots'Friends of Megan Betts have described her as kind and generous.
Former classmate of Dayton shooter says he was disturbed, needed help
The house where 24-year-old Connor Betts, the suspect in a mass shooting, is believed to have resided is pictured Aug. 4, 2019, in Bellbrook, Ohio. DAYTON, Ohio - A former classmate of the Dayton shooter is having a hard time comprehending what happened early Sunday morning. "It's just really hard to be friends and to think you know somebody," said former classmate Lyndsi Doll. Doll said she went to high school and college with Meghan Betts. Doll said although it's heard to comprehend what Connor Betts did, she believes she could have prevented it.
Dayton gunman's ex says he studied tragedies
He was interested in what makes terrible people do terrible things," Johnson told CNN. "Our relationship mostly consisted of us going out drinking and talking about our mental illnesses and him telling me about world tragedies and me talking about TV shows." Joking about personal mental illnesses is one of the biggest coping tools in the mental health toolbelt," she wrote. "To always pin murderers on mental illness -- there are millions of people with mental illnesses who don't go around shooting people. "You don't know which people with mental illnesses will be the rare few like him, and who will be in the majority of the completely harmless," she said.
Video shows Dayton gunman in bar hours before shooting
(CNN) - Security camera footage obtained exclusively by CNN shows Connor Betts' movements on the night of the Dayton gunman's mass shooting. Connor Betts, 24, does not stand out; he is dressed like others at the bar in T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. The footage shows Connor Betts walking in first, being carded and getting a wristband, then waiting for the two others to enter. Dayton police said Monday that they have talked to the friend and said there is no information to suggest he or Betts' sister were aware that Connor Betts had weapons. Employees of the bar say they saw Betts at the bar earlier the night of the shooting, as well as on Friday night.
'Blood All Over': Trauma Team at Dayton Hospital Had Never Seen So Many Casualties at Once
Doctors and nurses at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, rushed into action early Sunday morning as shooting victims poured in. "It was pretty surreal to see some the first casualties coming in," one member of the trauma team told Inside Edition. Police "did an amazing job," another team member added, acting so quickly to bring the injured for treatment. a third team member said. "The care that they provided in such a short time was limb-saving and lifesaving," added a fourth team member.
Classmates of Dayton Shooter Say People Were Scared of Him
Women who knew Dayton shooter Connor Betts are saying that his classmates were scared of him. Aubrey Williams and Laura Wakely attended the same high school as 24-year-old Betts, who killed nine people in just 30 seconds in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday before being gunned down by police. '"He got joy out of making people scared," Williams told Inside Edition. Williams and Betts were in the school band together. Hardest for her to fathom is the fact that Betts killed his own little sister, Megan.
People coming back to Dayton's Oregon District after deadly shooting
The Oregon District is open for business"The Oregon District is open," Mayor Nan Whaley said at a news conference. "The strength of Dayton coming together after that and everyone coming down today, we are open today," he said. The manager told CNN his staff performed life saving work and helped the injured as best they could. Governor will address mental illnessDeWine plans to discuss the Dayton shooting during a news conference at the statehouse Tuesday. Friends told CNN affiliate WCPO she was a "beacon of light in a dark room."
Ohio not among states to ban large-capacity ammunition magazines
The speed with which he carried out the massacre drew attention not only to the firearm, but the large capacity ammunition magazines that enabled him to unload 41 rounds in 30 seconds. But only nine states have laws banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, and Ohio is not one of them. Large capacity magazines enable shooters to fire repeatedly without having to reload. The federal government banned gun owners from owning semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines from 1994 to 2004, until the law expired and lawmakers failed to renew it. What constitutes a large capacity magazine varies among states.
Ex-girlfriend cites red flags in breakup with Dayton shooter
On their first date in mid-May, Johnson said, he showed her body camera video footage from a mass shooting at a synagogue. Johnson asked him by text once. Betts asked, tacking on the abbreviation for "laughing my ass off." "I'm just a fountain of joy and wonderful, not-scarring knowledge," Betts told her. Following their breakup, Johnson didn't talk to him again until a series of tornadoes ripped through her community at the end of May.
America Mourns After 2 Mass Shootings Kill 31: Today on Inside Edition
Two shootings in less than 24 hours have left 31 dead and America in mourning. In Dayton, Ohio, gunman Connor Betts, 24, killed nine people in just 30 seconds before cops fatally shot him. But Betts' fantasies of murder date as far back as high school, when he scrawled a hit list on a bathroom wall. In El Paso, Texas, suspect Patrick Crusius allegedly posted a manifesto on the message board 8chan before killing at least 22 people. RELATED STORIESMother Reportedly Died Shielding Her Baby in El Paso ShootingMan Says He Carried Lost Children to Safety in El Paso ShootingThese 2 People Survived the Garlic Festival and Las Vegas
Ohio Gunman Connor Betts Said He Was 'Going to Hell and Not Coming Back'
More details are emerging about the 24-year-old Connor Betts, who carried out the massacre in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine, including his sister. Classmates said Betts, who was killed by police, fantasized about killing people as far back as high school. Connor threatened to seriously hurt women who rejected him myself included," one person wrote on social media. He threatened to kill women and attack the school, wrote another. RELATED STORIESOhio Gunman Killed 9 People in 30 Seconds Before Police Took Him DownColumbine-Obsessed Teen Compared Herself to Pot of Boiling WaterDebunking the Myths Around Columbine High School Shooting
Body Armor Worn by Ohio Gunman Is Shockingly Easy to Purchase
Shockingly, body armor like that is readily available to anyone online, where bulletproof vests can go for $185, ear protection is as low as $20 and a mask can be purchased for just $10. Despite wearing all that body armor, Dayton cops swiftly brought Betts down in under 30 seconds. Body armor has been used before in other massacres, as well, like the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012 that left 12 people dead. Now, some are asking why individuals outside law enforcement should be allowed to own body armor. "Buying body armor is no different than buying a fire extinguisher.
Ohio Gunman Killed 9 People in 30 Seconds Before Police Took Him Down
It took just 30 seconds for authorities to stop a gunman who opened fire inside a Dayton, Ohio, bar over the weekend, but nine people were killed in that time and dozens more injured. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute," Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said. "And if we did not have police in the Oregon District and the thousands of people in the Oregon District enjoying their Saturday evening, what we could have had in this city." Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the loss of life would have been catastrophic had the gunman made it through door of the bar. RELATED STORIESMother Reportedly Died Shielding Her Baby in El Paso ShootingTeen Killed in Garlic Festival Shooting After She Stayed to Help Relative Who Uses Cane6-Year-Old Boy Among 3 Killed in Shooting at California Food Festival
Police stopped the Dayton shooter in less than 30 seconds
(CNN) - Surveillance video shows the chaos unfold in Dayton, Ohio, as a shooter targets people out on a Saturday night in the Oregon District. Within seconds, the shooter is brought to his knees by police right before he's able to enter a nightclub that is full of people fleeing from his rampage. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says his officers heard the gunshots, saw people fleeing and immediately ran toward danger. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley emphasized that the death toll was the result of only a few seconds of shooting. "The threat was neutralized at approximately 30 seconds of the suspect firing his first shot," Biehl said.
Classmates say Dayton gunman had a 'hit list'
CNN Video(CNN) - As a high school student, the gunman in the Dayton, Ohio, massacre had a "hit list" of classmates he wanted to kill or hurt, according to four former students who said they were told by school officials they were on the list. Spencer Brickler said a counselor at Bellbrook High School told him that he and his sister were on Connor Betts' hit list. "He was kind of dark and depressive in high school," said Brickler, who recalled the incident occurring about nine years ago when he was a freshman. He said he had no idea what prompted Betts, then a sophomore, to put him or his sister on the list. He said the list was separated into two columns: a "kill list" for boys and a "rape list" for girls.
Gunman's sister was one of the 9 shooting victims in Dayton
Shoes, hats and other articles of clothing are piled together outside of Ned Peppers bar in Dayton on August 4. (John Minchillo/AP)(CNN) - The nine people killed in a mass shooting in a popular neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday include the shooter's sister, Assistant Chief of Police Matt Carper said. "All the victims are from our own backyard, too, so this is just an immense tragedy," Ohio Gov. "No matter where the victims are from, they're victims. Carper said police were still trying to understand the motivation of the shooter and whether the victims were targeted.