Dayton Police Took Out Active Shooter In Under 1 Minute, 9 Dead, 27 Wounded

Police officers fatally shot an active shooter early Sunday morning after he had fatally shot 9 people and wounded 27.

Dayton, OH - An active shooter opened fire on a crowded area of downtown Dayton early Sunday morning, and was quickly neutralized by police officers.

The 24-year-old gunman was wearing a mask and body armor when he used a .223 rifle to open fire on a crowd at around 1 a.m., according to WSB.

Officers were on patrol in the area and engaged the suspect in a gunfight less than a minute after he started shooting, according to Mayor Nan Whaley.

The officers killed the shooter in the gunfight.

"If the Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute, hundreds of people in the Oregon District would be dead today," Mayor Whaley said.

Nine people were killed and 27 were wounded in the shooter's brief attack.

The motive for the attack has not been released at this time, but Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi said that the mass-murder was an act of terror.

"In less than 24 hours, another American community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence, this time in Dayton, Ohio. The hearts of all Americans break for the families & friends of those injured & murdered in this act of terror. #EnoughIsEnough," Rep. Pelosi tweeted.

Video has been posted online where sounds of the shooting could be heard.

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Gramercy
Gramercy

Gun control? I think not! Not even internal terrorism. There are/has been/and will continue to be "crazies" in our world...they will ALWAYS find the MEANS necessary to project their ENDS...no one can stop the crazies...Yes, it is scary...but it is a reality.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

There's a huge problem with the identification of this shooter since he died February 19, 2014. I doubt that Connor D. Betts came back from the dead to do this.

SDLucas
SDLucas

Very tough situation; obviously dense crowds.
Prayers for the Officers and civilians (if any) involved in taking the shooter out, and for the families and friends of the casualties.
Praise for the quick response; no really good procedures I can think of for a murderer with a semi-auto long gun in that situation, other than fire until the threat is stopped; That from a old soldier, some on the thin Blue Line may know better.