A gunman wearing body armor opened fire on a popular nightlife district in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing nine and injuring 27 others.
The suspect, who was killed by police less than a minute after he began firing at around 1 a.m., has been identified by police as a 24-year-old white male from Bellbrook, Ohio, reports CBS News.
The suspect fired for less than a minute from a “.223 high-capacity” gun, and he had additional magazines with him, Mayor Nan Whaley said. The .223 caliber is used in rifles like the AR-15 assault rifle used in previous mass shootings.
Deb Decker, public information officer for Montgomery County, said the shooter used an assault rifle.
Someone from a nearby nightclub reportedly grabbed the barrel of the rifle, and the shooter “picked up a handgun and was willing to continue shooting,” Decker said, when police arrived and killed the shooter.
“I really want to — think about that minute. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. 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,” Mayor Whaley said.
“The question has to be raised, why does Dayton have to be the 250th mass shooting this year?”
Of the nine victims, six were African-Americans and three were white. The suspect’s sister was identified as one of those killed.
Here are their names:
- Lois L. Oglesby, female, 27
- Megan K. Betts, female, 22
- Saeed Saleh, male, 38
- Derrick R. Fudge, male, 57
- Logan M. Turner, male, 30
- Nicholas P. Cumer, male, 25
- Thomas J. McNichols, male, 25
- Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, female, 36
- Monica E. Brickhouse, female, 39
The Dayton shooting rampage was the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 13 hours. In El Paso, another white gunman left 20 people dead and more than two dozen others injured on Saturday. The shooter was identified as a 21-years-old from Allen, Texas.