‘Fundamentally problematic’: Dayton police chief reacts to amount of ammunition, firearm gunman was able to purchase

Officials say they’re not close to determining a motive for the shooting

Police: Dayton shooting suspect fired at least 41 rounds

DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Dayton city officials are reacting to the mass shooting that claimed the life of nine victims early Sunday morning.

Dayton Police Chief Robert Biehl said during a press conference Monday morning the gunman potentially had a maximum of 250 rounds in his possession at the time of the shooting if all of the magazines he had on him were at full capacity.

This includes the loose rounds found on the ground near the gunman and those in his backpack. 41 spent shell casings were found on the ground that came from the weapon he used.

The shooting happened in the Oregon District on E. Fifth Street at 1 a.m.

The suspect, Connor Betts, 24, of Dayton, wearing body armor opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle, according to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Biehl said the rifle held a 100 double-round drum magazine.

Betts was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest and ear protection, according to Biehl.

“It’s problematic. Fundamentally problematic,” Biehl said when asked about Betts’ ability to acquire the firearm he used along with the large amount of magazines he was allowed to have on his possession.

“They have that level of weaponry in a civilian environment, unregulated is problematic.”

‘Fundamentally problematic’: Dayton police chief reacts to amount of ammunition, firearm gunman was able to purchase

Biehl was also able to confirm that the shooter modified the firearm to have it function as a rifle, which he said he also found troubling.

“I’m not the expert in it but I can tell you it was modified in essence to function like a rifle — and to avoid any legal prohibitions,” he said.

The chief also said he can confirm at least 14 of the people injured, were injured by gunfire.

He said officials don’t have an exact number on the people injured due to the chaotic nature of the shooting. He said he’s being told 27 people are injured, but also 32 people.

Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said 37 total patients were treated at local hospitals. He said they suffered injuries ranging from gunshots, to injuries from being trampled, to lacerations from broken glass.

Payne says 11 victims are still hospitalized from their injuries.

He says his fire and medic crews transported five people to the hospital, he says many were taken to the hospital by personal vehicle.

Police confirm that one of the nine shooting victims was the shooter’s sister, Megan K. Betts.

Megan, who was 22, was the youngest victim; the oldest was 57.

The victims are: Lois L. Oglesby, 27, Saeed Saleh, 38, Derrick R. Fudge, 57, Logan M. Turner, 30, Nicholas P. Cumer, 25, Thomas J. McNichols, 25, Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36, Monica E. Brickhouse, 39, and Megan Betts.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl showed the surveillance videos, captured from cameras on from nearby buildings, during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

He said officers stopped the gunman 30 seconds after he fired his first shots.

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Wearing a ballistic vest, mask and ear protection, the gunman opened fire with .223 caliber rifle with magazines capable of holding at least 100 rounds of ammunition on the sidewalk outside Ned Peppers, a nightclub on East Fifth Street just after 1 a.m., killing nine people and wounding 27, according to police.

Officers patrolling the district heard gunfire erupt and immediately advanced toward it, the chief said.

The videos show officers pursuing him around the corner of a restaurant in Dayton’s Oregon District.

Within just 20 seconds, they engaged Betts and stopped him, neutralizing the threat 30 seconds after Betts fired his first shots, and fatally shot him, Biehl said.

Biehl says they’re not close to determining a motive for the shooting due to the amount of evidence officials still need to comb through.

He says right now, officials are not seeing any evidence that would point to race being a motive in the shooting.

The Associated Press reported Monday Betts had a hit list and rape list resulting in high school suspension, according to his classmates.

A former neighbor and classmate of Betts says he’s still trying to process what happened early Sunday morning.

“I personally don’t like to think anyone is capable of something that bad... but there were instances of threats,” said Theo Gainey, former classmate, neighbor of Betts.

Theo says there was one incident that he said was “quite a big deal" but he didn’t want to elaborate because he said much of it was heard through other people.

“My prayers go out to the family of all of the victim, big thanks to first responders, they saved literally hundreds of lives. And also, my thoughts go out to the family because, although their son was a villain, they lost a daughter, and no one should have to go through that,” said Theo.

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Mayor Cranley wrote a letter to to Governor Mike DeWine following the mass shooting. He stated he wants to work with him to combat gun violence in Ohio.

He suggested extreme risk protection orders which allow family members and law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily remove firearms from a person who is at an elevated risk of hurting themselves or others.

He also stated on working to ban assault weapons in Ohio.

“There is absolutely no reason that anyone outside of the military or law enforcement should be allowed to own that type of weapon or to be able to purchase these types of tools to modify regular guns into weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

Monday, President Donald Trump addressed the nation following the mass shooting in Dayton and the one in El Paso, Texas.

The shootings which happened within a 24-hour period claimed the lives of 29 people.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, adding that he had directed the FBI to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America,” he said.

Michelle Lovely with the Dayton Foundation says they’ve set up the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund for anyone looking to help those in need following the shooting.

Lovely says the fund is in the beginning stages of being set up and they’re talking with the community and other organizations who have experienced mass shootings about where to direct those funds.

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