All The Victims Are From Our Own Backyard

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 4th, 2019

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement ordering flags in Ohio to be flown at half staff and will remain in honor of the victims killed in Dayton

On Sunday August 4th, 2019 at approximately 1 A. M. 9 people were killed and 16 injured when a man armed with a “long gun” and wearing body armor opened fire in Dayton’s Oregon District.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement ordering flags in Ohio to be flown at half staff and will remain in honor of the victims killed in Dayton.

He continued to say; “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. I have spoken with Mayor Nan Whaley and offered any assistance on behalf of the state. I have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous act. I commend Dayton Police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response to save lives and bring an end to this tragedy.”

This is a premeditated act. Seemingly, it was well calculated, conscious, intentional, willful, deliberate, contrived, considered, studied, advised, fixed, designed, rigged, purposedaforethought, set-up, thought-out, or to say the least extremely evil.  

In a post Dayton’s Mayor Nan Whaley said; “she is “heartbroken.”

In a post Dayton’s Mayor Nan Whaley said; “she is “heartbroken.” Whaley added, “many more people might have been hurt if police patrolling the area hadn’t been able to respond in less than a minute to the shooting.”

Additionally, Mayor Nan Whaley said in her Sunday morning news conference “As a mayor, this is a day that we all dread happening. And certainly what’s very sad as I’ve gotten messages from cities across the country is that so many of us have gone through it.”

Officials identified the shooter as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old who had been studying psychology at a local community college and working at a Chipotle restaurant. Betts’s sister was found amongst the nine fatalities. Police have yet to announce a motive.

Reportedly, officials said the gunman carried extra high-capacity magazines, apparently planning for an extended rampage. Nevertheless officers arrived within a minute and took the gunman out.

Meanwhile, the college suspected shooter Connor Betts attended says it’s working with law enforcement to “provide any and all information it may have to assist in the response to this horrific act.”

According to a statement from Sinclair Community College in Dayton Betts was “previously enrolled” as a student but wasn’t attending any classes this summer.

Dr. Steve Johnson, President of Sinclair Community College had this to say; “Our hearts are broken for so many members of this wonderful community this weekend. A senseless tragedy occurred in our community and our thoughts are and will remain with the victims and their friends and families. We have learned that the person who is suspected of perpetrating this heinous crime was previously enrolled as a Sinclair student though was not actively enrolled this summer term. We are actively working with law enforcement to provide any and all information we may have to assist them in the response to this horrific act. We will respond in a timely manner to inquiries on this matter. As our community comes together in responding to this tragedy, each of us must play a part and we stand ready to do ours.” 

However, officials said the gunman carried extra high-capacity magazines, apparently planning for an extended rampage, but officers arrived within a minute,.

Officials identified the shooter as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old who had been studying psychology at a local community college and working at a Chipotle restaurant. Reportedly, Betts’s sister was among the nine fatalities. Yet, Lt. Col. Matt Carper, Dayton Deputy Chief has not announced a motive for the killings. He contended it’s too early into their investigation(s).

During the Police Chief Sunday afternoon press conference he said they are looking for any indication of motives.

Lt. Col. Matt Carper, Dayton Deputy Chief

The Deputy Chief of Police continue to say; “We’re always looking at what could have motivated such a horrific action as this, and like I said this morning, we’re interviewing dozens of people and going through a lot of different electronic evidence, other evidence to try to determine that. We don’t have that answer yet. Speculating at this point would be premature.”

Per CNN News two federal law enforcement sources told CNN authorities have found writings linked to Dayton, Ohio shooting suspect Connor Betts that shows he had an interest in killing people.

But sources said; a preliminary assessment of the writings, found during the execution of a search warrant, did not indicate any racial or political motive. 

The City of Dayton has released the names of the nine deceased victims in the shooting early Sunday. Suspect Connor Betts’ sister was identified as one of those killed.

Mourners gather at a vigil following a nearby mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Multiple people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The nine people fatally shot are identified as:  27 year-old Lois L. Oglesby, female, 22 year-old Megan K. Betts, female, 38 year-old Saeed Saleh, male, 57 year-old Derrick R. Fudge, male, 30 year-old Logan M. Turner, male, 25 year-old Nicholas P. Cumer, male, 25 year-old Thomas J. McNichols, male, 36 year-old Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, female and 39 year-old Monica E. Brickhouse, female.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said at a Sunday afternoon press conference that “all the victims are from our own backyard.” He added, “this is just an immense tragedy. No matter where the victims are from, they’re victims. Our hearts go out to the families. This is a Miami Valley tragedy.”

Supportively, on Sunday the White House released a proclamation saying the nation shares “in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks.”

The first attack Saturday at a shopping area in El Paso, Texas, killed at least 20 people. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.

When will the madness stop? These killings must stop. Lives are being shattered!

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he is angry that state and national lawmakers won’t pass more gun safety laws.

Subsequently, in a statement on Sunday, Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he is angry that state and national lawmakers won’t pass more gun safety laws.

Brown followed after a continuum of extending condolences. He said; “thoughts and prayers are not enough” after a shooter killed nine people and wounded dozens more before he was killed by police in Dayton.

However, he added several proposals have been introduced in the GOP-led Legislature this session that would tighten requirements on firearms sales, transfers and storage. A gun safety group is also pushing to change state law to require background checks on nearly all guns sales.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.