Not lower than 9 of us hold died after a gunman opened fireplace in a favored leisure district in Dayton, Ohio. Police allege the shooter is slow.

CINCINNATI – Seventeen months ago, Moira Cofer Betts stood outside the Dublin Pub in Dayton with her son and daughter.

The three squeezed together, arm in arm, and smiled for a selfie. Betts then posted the photo to Facebook, something she did in most cases. “I’m a extraordinarily lucky mama,” she wrote in a separate submit a month later.

On Sunday, each of Betts’ young of us had been killed about a block from where they’d posed for that selfie.

Her son, Connor, 24, turn out to be once shot to loss of life by police after he turn out to be once suspected of killing 9 of us and injuring 27.

Her daughter, Megan, 22, turn out to be once among the many victims shot and killed by her brother.

Betts and her husband, Stephen, got the news within hours of the shooting. Police and FBI brokers had been at their house Sunday morning in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Bellbrook, searching for proof that can even abet camouflage what took place.

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“We do now not know the why, we do now not know the whats,” mentioned Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty. “However we enact know that there might be a mom and pa down there that are truly hurting.”

The brother and sister drove together to Dayton’s Oregon District, an leisure build of dwelling with bars and restaurants, sometime Saturday night. As soon as there, they went their separate ways, police mentioned.

The shooting started around 1 a.m., police mentioned. Megan turn out to be once one of many first to die.

The suspected gunman did now not hold a important criminal memoir, nonetheless some of us that knew him mentioned he’d been skittish in the previous.

One classmate mentioned he’d been bullied in high college and replied by making a success list. “He had a thought to shoot up the high college,” mentioned Laura Wakeley, who attended Bellbrook High College with him.

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She mentioned he turn out to be once kicked out of college after the incident nonetheless in the raze turn out to be once allowed to return.

Chris Baker, a broken-down Bellbrook High College main, turn out to be once requested in regards to the hit list showing on a bathroom wall at the college. “I’d no longer dispute that data,” he told the Dayton Day-to-day Recordsdata, declining to commentary extra.

The suspect turn out to be once a student at Sinclair Neighborhood College in Dayton, though he turn out to be once no longer enrolled at the college for the summer.

In retaining alongside with his LinkedIn online page, his work historical previous included stints at Chipotle Mexican Grill and a fuel build of dwelling in Centerville, Ohio.

Megan Betts turn out to be once a student at Wright Convey University shut to Dayton, majoring in earth and environmental sciences. 

A high college friend, Dana Raber, described her as “a sweetheart.” Raber mentioned she last saw Megan on Halloween a couple years ago, when her friend turn out to be once dressed up as a scarecrow to frighten young of us as they went around collecting candy.

“It made me smile because she did it in precise fun,” mentioned Raber, 20. “She’s a entire lot of fun.”

The Betts’ fogeys had been described in resplendent terms by neighbors. Doherty mentioned the household lived in Bellbrook for more than a few years.

The facet motorway where the household lived turn out to be once closed Sunday whereas police had been at the Betts’ house. Journalists congregated outside the barricades, hoping for data about what took place and why.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl mentioned the oldsters had been interviewed in regards to the shooting. “Here’s a nightmare for them,” he mentioned.

Several photos from Moira Cofer Betts’ Facebook online page camouflage the brother and sister together, smiling. As many of us enact, she posted about how grand she adored her young of us.

“My loves,” she wrote on April 19, 2017, over a image of her young of us. “So proud to be their mom!”

Apply Monroe Trombly, Tresa Baldas and Rachel Berry on Twitter: @MonroeTrombly, @TBaldas and @racheldberry


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