Police in Dayton released dramatic video footage showing panicked locals fleeing as 24-year-old Connor Betts is gunned down by cops at the entrance to a local bar after he killed nine people and wounded more than two dozen early Sunday morning.
The surveillance video was revealed as new details emerged on Sunday about Betts’s troubled past in high school, which included getting kicked out for making a ‘hit list’ of girls he wanted to kill.
Police say Betts began shooting inside an alley off of Fifth Street.
It was in this alley that he killed his first victim, according to police.
Authorities say Betts then moved toward Fifth Street, where he killed the other eight people.
Police say Betts was shot dead by officers at the entrance to the Ned Peppers bar on Fifth Street.
Police fatally shot Betts, who was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest, and hearing protection, within 30 seconds from the start of his rampage.
The video footage shows Betts fall to the ground as police fire bullets into him just before he could enter Ned Peppers.
Betts was shot multiple times and killed on the spot.
A motive has not been released.
Officers arrived to the scene immediately, and were able to ‘put an end to it quickly’, Lt Col Matt Carper said at a press conference.
Because officers were in the area when the shooting started, they killed Betts in ‘less than a minute,’ authorities said.
Betts’s sister and her boyfriend were among the nine fatalities.
Before the shooting, Connor Betts drove with his sister and her boyfriend to the area, according to authorities.
It remains unclear what took place inside the car before Connor Betts opened fire.
Police released the identities of the victims this afternoon: Lois Ogelsby, 27, Saeed Saleh, 38, Derek Fudge, 57, Logan Turner, 30, Nicholas Cumer, 25, Thomas McNichols, 25, Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36, and 39-year-old Monica Brickhouse.
Meanwhile, those who knew Betts from middle school and high school said there were early signs of a troubled individual.
Chris Baker, the former principal of Bellbrook High School, told Dayton Daily News that when Betts was a student, he was suspended for writing a ‘hit list’ of girls he wanted to kill on a bathroom wall.
The incident prompted officials to place the school on lockdown.
‘I would not dispute that information, but I don’t want to get involved any more than just making that comment,’ Baker said.
One woman who says she attended middle school with Betts claims that he once fantasized about tying her up and slitting her throat.
‘This isn’t a mystery to me,’ said the classmate. ‘I’m furious.’
The woman told Dayton Daily News that Betts was aware of the bizarre nature of the thoughts and was scared of them.
‘He knew it wasn’t normal,’ the woman said.
‘He and I talked at length about him getting help.’