DAYTON, OH — The man who gunned down dozens of people outside a Dayton bar early Sunday apparently worked at a fast food restaurant in Centerville and participated on the track team in high school.
A rifle-toting man dressed in body armor opened fire outside Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s popular historic district. Nine people were killed and 27 others were wounded. Police then shot the suspect to death.
A federal law enforcement official identified the shooter on Sunday as Connor Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio. The shooter tried to enter Ned Peppers Bar and started shooting when he was denied entry, the Dayton Daily news reported, citing witnesses.
“He tried to go into the bar but did not make it through the door,” Facebook user James Williams posted. “Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead.”
Here are five things to know about Betts:
1. The official said Betts worked in Centerville at a fast food restaurant. A LinkedIn page for Betts indicated he worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for two years. Before that, he worked at a Marathon Gas Station location in Centerville.
“I was their go-to guy for anything that needed done – changing lights, painting the walls, covering shifts,” Betts said on his LinkedIn page. “Beyond that, I worked the weekend shifts for 3 years – Friday through Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Unfortunately, I started school and Chipotle, and I had to drop Marathon.”
2. Betts participated in track at Bellbrook High School. Online records indicated he was in the boys’ discus throw relay as part of the Bellbrook Relays at Miami Valley South Stadium in April 2011.
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He was suspended for 30 days in high school for writing a hit list on a bathroom wall at the school, the federal law enforcement official said. Authorities are examining reports that he was bullied in school, the person added.
3. Betts was studying psychology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, according to his LinkedIn page. The college’s president said in a statement that it was “horrified by the senseless, murderous attack.”
“We are praying for the victims and families, and from the bottom of our hearts are thanking Dayton’s brave first responders for preventing even more unimaginable casualties,” the statement said.
4. The shooter used a .223-caliber high-capacity magazine rifle and had extra magazines with him and concealed his face with a mask or other type of covering, the Dayton Daily News reported.
5. Betts did not have a violent criminal history, the Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 reported, citing criminal records. Betts had two speeding tickets, Kettering Municipal Court records indicated. A background check showed no concealed weapons permits, the newspaper said.