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White Terrorist Opens Fire in Dayton, Kills 9 People in 30 Seconds

Just thirteen hours after a 19-year-old white supremacist killed 20 people at an El Paso Walmart, another 24-year-old white terrorist wearing body armor killed 9 in Dayton, Ohio at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police have confirmed that suspect Connor Betts killed his sister, Megan Betts, during his attack. The timeline of events and his motives are still unknown.

Lieutenant Matt Carper describes the Ohio District as “a safe part of downtown.”

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Thousands of people were out enjoying their summer night when Betts opened fire. The victims were likely those waiting in line outside to get into Ned Peppers bar. At least 27 people were treated for injuries, though others have reported that they did not seek hospital treatment for wounds from shrapnel and glass shards.

Nikita Papillon told Los Angeles Times that she had just walked across the street from Ned Peppers when the shooting started. Papillon just made conversation with a girl who “told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute.” Papillon saw her body on the ground minutes later.

Police say that the “very short timeline of violence” suggests Betts had no time to discriminate based on race.

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That said, six of his victims were black. Still, police are saying there is “no evidence to suggest there is a biased motive in this crime at this time.”

Betts killed 9 people, including his sister, in just 30 seconds.

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Police are continuing to investigate a motive, but have confirmed that the two rode to the bar together. Megan’s boyfriend survived the shooting and is likely a key source in understanding Betts’ motive.

The other victims were Louise Ogelsby, 27; Said Saleh, 38; Derek Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer White, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39.

Betts used a .223 caliber assault-style rifle plus this hundred-round magazine.

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Mayor Whaley said that “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” had the police not responded so quickly.

During a press conference, Trump wondered out loud, “Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time in less than a minute?” Many Americans are taking that question a step further with an answer: pass gun reform laws that would ban the sale of a weapon that could inflict so much bloodshed so quickly.

Surveillance footage shows a couple hugging one minute, and running for their lives the next.

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The couple was outside on the patio with other bar goers and you can see them hugging. Seconds later, they ran inside as you see Betts walking down the street.

At least six officers fired off a round of ammo within 30 seconds of the first gunshot, killing the shooter. They removed his rifle from underneath him and put him in handcuffs.

After the threat was neutralized, officers started asking survivors for belts to use as tourniquets.

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Survivor James Williams told The New York Times he ran over to the scene to find bodies on the ground, and offered his belt. Williams had just watched the news of the El Paso shooting that morning and thought it was “just another mass shooting that we hear about all the time, and you never think it’s going to hit home.”

Another survivor attempted CPR on a victim. “He was gurgling” she told NYT. “I looked him in the eye. I tried to talk to him. I said ‘Hang on, buddy.’” He died.

Survivor Cassandra Lopez was “trampled.”

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Lopez was heading out the back door of the bar to get some air when gunshots were fired. Everyone fell to the floor and for two minutes, she was “trampled.” Lopez told police, “We just couldn’t get up. Too many people. Shoes everywhere.”

In a press conference, Trump blames the recent mass shootings on “a mental illness problem.”

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“We’re talking to a lot of people and a lot of things are in the works and a lot of good things. And we’ve done much more than most administrations. And it is just not really talked about very much, but we’ve actually done a lot,” Trump begins his statement.

“But perhaps more has to be done. But this is also a mental illness problem if you look at both of these cases. This is mental illness. These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill. So a lot of things are happening. A lot of things are happening right now.”

Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker is calling on the Senate to pass emergency legislation.

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The common denominator between both domestic terrorists this weekend is that they were angry, young white men with access to firearms intended to fire as many bullets as possible.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley remarked on the fourteen tornados that devastated Dayton in May, and said in a statement, “We have suffered two tragedies in Dayton this year, but one was avoidable. This same tragedy has been inflicted on our nation 250 times this year alone. When is enough, enough?”

A vigil is planned for 8 p.m. tonight.

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You can also donate to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, which was established in the wake of the tornados that destroyed homes in the city in May. In a press conference, Mayor Whaley suggested donating to the same fund which is helping families who could never have been prepared for this kind of tragedy.

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