CCTV Shows Moment Ohio Gunman Is Shot Dead By Police
CCTV footage has captured the dramatic moment police shot dead the gunman who killed nine people and injured 27 more in Ohio.
The video shows large crowds of people running down the street and seeking refuge in a bar as the shooter pursues them. Police then shoot the man dead as he is about to enter the bar.
The shooter - who has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts - opened fire near Ned Peppers Bar in the Oregon District at around 1am local time (6am BST) on Sunday morning.
Betts victims were five men and four women aged between 22 and 57, the youngest of which was his little sister Megan. Police killed Connor Betts within less than half a minute of him beginning his rampage.
Dayton Police chief, Richard Biehl, said Betts had 'a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines' and the result would have been 'catastrophic' if he had made it into the bar.
He said: "The officers immediately advanced toward the gunfire and within approximately 20 seconds, they engaged the suspect, who was actively firing and attempting to enter a crowded liquor establishment."
#OregonDistrict #update Lt. Col. Carper: at 1:22am active shooter situation began in oregon district. The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries.
- Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Taylor Mayberry told NBC that she and around nine other people hid in the bathroom at Ned Peppers Bar.
She said: "I just heard a few gunshots and then saw everyone jumping to the ground. I've never experienced anything like that, so I dove to the ground and started running to the bathroom. I saw people trying to move toward the exit.
"We were holding the door shut and waiting until the gunshots stopped. People were banging on the doors throughout. We weren't sure if they were, you know, we weren't sure if it was people getting in to shoot us or to get safe."
The shooting was just hours after another deadly mass-shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 20 people dead.
US President Donald Trump took to social media to praise police, posting: "The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton.
"Much has already been learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!"
Featured Image Credit: Dayton Police Department