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Gunman's sister among nine killed in Ohio shooting, according to local police

The shooter was shot dead by police.

Police at the shooting in Texas.
Police at the shooting in Texas.
Image: Josh Bachman via PA

Updated Aug 4th 2019, 7:19 PM

THE SISTER OF the man who opened fire at a bar in Ohio, is among nine people who were killed, local police have said. 

Nine people were killed and a further 16 people were injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio overnight.

The assailant was shot dead by police and it has since emerged that Megan Betts, the 22-year-old sister of gunman Connor Betts, was also shot dead during the attack. 

The incident occurred shortly after 1:00 am (6am Irish time) in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper said.

“We had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims,” he told reporters.

“The shooter is deceased, from gunshot wounds from the responding officers,” he said, adding no police were injured.

“We have nine victims deceased … and we have approximately 16 more victims hospitalised right now in unknown conditions.”

The suspect had opened fire on the street firing “a long gun with multiple rounds”.

Police were working to identify the motive and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said. 

The shooting came just hours after 20 people were killed by a gunman in El Paso, Texas.

Carper said Oregon was “a very safe part of downtown” Dayton and very popular with visitors.

“Fortunately we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when this incident started, so there was a very short timeline of violence, for that we’ve very fortunate.

“It’s a very tragic incident and we’re doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this,” said Carper.

“We’re still interviewing obviously a lot of witnesses as well as officers to determine if anyone else was involved,” he said.

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