A mass shooting occurred overnight in Dayton, Ohio, police say. At 1 a.m. local time, an unnamed man shot dozens of people near the Ned Peppers bar in the town's Oregon District, killing nine and injuring at least 26 others. The gunman, who allegedly wore body armor during his rampage, was killed by police less than a minute after they arrived on the scene.
#OregonDistrict #update Lt. Col. Carper: at 1:22am active shooter situation began in oregon district. The shooter is deceased. There are 9 others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Correction - shooting occurred at 1am...not 1:22am https://t.co/j61xlQwLFy— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
Dayton's police department informed the public of exactly what went down with a series of tweets on Sunday morning after the incident happened.
The shooting began at 1 a.m., and luckily officers in the district were nearby and able to respond quickly. They soon updated the first injury tolls, which first placed the number of wounded as "at least 16." That number climbed to 26 as more information became available, with 10 people dead after the shooting including the shooter. Police have only described the gunman as a "heavy set white male," according to NewsNet reporter Derek Myers.
#OregonDistrict #update Mayor Whaley: Suspect opened fire in the Oregon District wearing body armor.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) August 4, 2019
There are 10 people dead including the shooter, 26 others injured.
Officers neutralized the shooter in less than a minute.
The FBI soon arrived on the scene to assist in the investigation. Authorities urge those with knowledge of the situation to either call 937-333-COPS or 937-225-6217 to assist in the investigation.
On of the first hand account of the shooting comes from Daniel Williams, the former drummer of rock band The Devil Wears Prada. He said he and photographer Hannah Ray were inside Ned Peppers when the shooting broke out, but escaped the bar safely. Although unconfirmed by official sources, he claims the shooter used a AR-15 to carry out the attack.
There was an active shooter in the bar i was in tonight. I am told that he had an AR15. @HannahRayNinja and I are ok. I am so incredibly heartbroken for those affected by this. I have never been so scared in my life.— Daniel Williams (@xcadaverx) August 4, 2019
I was in Ned Peppers. I’m still not sure exactly what happened. People were piling on top of each other to get out. It’s all a blur. Fucking awful.— Daniel Williams (@xcadaverx) August 4, 2019
I am speechless and heartbroken and bawling my eyes out. I never expected to be in such a situation and have no words. This is the most terrible thing I’ve ever felt— Hannuh (@HannahRayNinja) August 4, 2019
Ray said they were outside on Ned Peppers' patio when they heard gun shots. People began to rush inside, thinking the incident occurred somewhere nearby. In fact, the shooting was happening inside the bar, so people were quickly pushed back out by those fleeing to safety.
No other information about the Dayton shooting, including the identities of victims and the shooter, is available as of press time.
Photo Credit: DEREK MYERS/AFP/Getty Images