Dayton police release extensive update into mass shooting investigation

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DAYTON (WCMH) — Twenty-six people were shot within 32 seconds in Dayton’s Oregon district when a gunman opened fire more than a week ago.

Surveillance cameras helped Dayton police piece together the path of gunman Cody Betts on the night where nine were killed.

And they now know he acted alone.

“Part of this was verifying that he had no interaction with anyone else,” Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said.

After going through hours worth of surveillance video, police have a better timeline from that night.

At 11:04 p.m. the shooter got to the area with his sibling and now victim, Megan Betts. One other person was with them.

The first stop was Blind Bob’s and police said the gunman left alone at 12:13 p.m. and then went to Ned Pepper’s for about 30 minutes.

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He was seen on video leaving the bar, walking past police.

“The front of this is the police cruiser, this is where the police are, they are visible. The shooter walks in front and knows where they are,” an officer said.

Police said he then went to his car for less than 10 minutes, changing clothes and leaving with a heavy backpack.

He wasn’t seen on video for about nine minutes after walking away.

“We know he was probably charging his weapon, loading the weapon,” an officer said.

Then at 1:05 a.m. he started firing shots near Blind Bob’s. He can then be seen outside Ned Pepper’s, where several people took cover when the shooting started.

Seconds later, officers got to the scene.

“Their response was crucial, their response was accurate, their response was compassionate,” Biehl said.

Biehl said earlier that the quick response right outside Ned Pepper’s prevented an even greater tragedy.

Right next to where officers shot Betts, a memorial has been created for the victims.

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because we deserve peace,” resident Judy Fellner said.

Fellner was at the memorial reading a sign that was made.

She said she was out in the Oregon district the night before the shooting.

“People were out celebrating Dayton and now they are coming to Dayton for a different reason,” Fellner said.

Biehl said they don’t know if they will ever determine a motive, but they know the gunman had an obsession with violence.

Fellner said she hopes this tragedy serves as a wake-up call.

“We will overcome this diversity somehow and maybe it will be an awaking for mental health,” Fellner said.

All the data gathered by Dayton Police will be turned over to the FBI and they will go over audio and syncing social media from the night.

Police still don’t know if the gunman intentionally shot his sibling.

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