Dayton officials give timeline of events leading up to mass shooting
DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Dayton police laid out a timeline of the gunman’s movements the night of the Oregon District shooting.
During a news conference Tuesday, Police Chief Richard Biehl confirmed that nine people were killed by gunshot wounds - four female and five male. 17 others - 11 female and six male - were injured by gunshots on Aug. 4.
Chief Biehl says the shooter, Connor Betts, his sister and their friend arrived in the Oregon District and parked in a lot at 11:04 p.m.
All three went to Blind Bob’s where they were together until about 12:14 a.m. when Betts left and went to Ned Peppers.
Chief Biehl says Betts stayed at Ned Peppers for about 20 minutes (12:44 a.m.) by himself before leaving the bar and walking back to his vehicle.
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When Betts walked away from his car, he was carrying a backpack and wearing a dark hoodie. He then walked back toward Blind Bob’s through an alley. He stopped for about nine minutes, where police say he presumably got his weapon ready.
Once the weapon was ready, Betts ran up the walkway on the side of Blind Bob’s and started shooting at 1:05 a.m.
There were three deceased victims near the taco stand outside of Blind Bob’s. Police say Betts fired shots down 5th Street and then ran across the street.
Police say his sister, 22-year-old Megan K. Betts, was one of the first victims, but whether he targeted it is a point of contention within the police department.
“We have radically different views in that regard, I mean, if we can’t agree on the interpretation of the evidence where some are saying ‘absolutely not’ he was not intentional, some say ‘no he had to be,’ I would say it was inconclusive," Biehl said.
The videos below show the timeline and path of Betts the night of the shooting.
Betts then ran across the street where several more victims were fatally wounded. Dayton police officers engaged the shooter and neutralized him before he could make it into Ned Peppers.
Police say Betts began shooting at approximately 1:05:35. Shooter was down at approximately 1:06:07 (32 seconds).
The chief struggled and became emotional thinking back on the past nine days.
“I’m amazed at their response. Just amazed. It’s so gracious, so grateful, so caring. This is a beautiful community," Biehl said.
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The announcement of the mass shooting timeline comes a day after federal authorities announced charges against Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering in connection with the shooting.
Kollie, a friend of gunman Connor Betts, 24, is charged with federally lying on federal firearms forms in order to purchase weapons and with illegally possessing those weapons.
He bought Betts’ body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round double drum magazine, according to federal authorities.
His sister Megan was the youngest of the nine shooting victims; 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.
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