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Governor DeWine orders flags at half-staff in honor of victims of Dayton shooting

Posted at 9:33 AM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 12:00:09-04

DAYTON, Ohio — Governor Mike DeWine ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of the nine people who were killed and 26 who were wounded during a mass shooting in Dayton early Sunday morning.

The shooter in Dayton, OH has been identified as Connor Stephen Betts from Bellbrook, OH, multiple law enforcement officials confirmed.

The reported incident took place in an area known as the Oregon District, which is home to a number of nightclubs, art galleries and restaurants. The shooting location was outside of a nightclub known as "Ned Peppers."

Betts was killed by police, Matt Carper of the Dayton Police confirmed.

DeWine commended Dayton Police and first responders for their bravery and quick response, and offered prayers to the victims.

“Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join those across Ohio and this country in offering our prayers to victims and their families,” DeWine tweeted.

This shooting was the second mass shooting in the country within a span of 12 hours. A shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas left 20 dead and dozens injured.

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President Donald Trump addressed both shootings on Twitter Sunday morning.

“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 be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!” Trump tweeted.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) expressed condolences or the victims, and also his anger over the reoccurring mass shootings in the United States.

“We are also angry - angry that shooting after shooting politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to pass sensible gun-safety laws to protect our communities. We are still learning about the attack in Dayton and we don’t know exactly what, if anything, could have prevented this specific tragedy,” Browns said. “But we know thoughts and prayers are not enough, we have a responsibility to act.”

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) also issued a statement regarding the shooting in Dayton.

“I went to bed with a heavy heart because of El Paso and woke up to the tragic news from Dayton. These senseless acts of violence must stop. While we are still learning more about the details of this tragedy in Montgomery County, we are praying for the victims and their families and thank the officers who responded so quickly and bravely. I am talking to local leaders and law enforcement officials this morning. First and foremost, let’s get all the facts and help the community heal,” Portman wrote.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams released the following statement on the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio:

We condemn the senseless acts of gun violence which struck the Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas communities in the past 24 hours. These communities and their families have our prayers and support in this difficult time. Together, we must all work to end crimes like these.

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