Miami Valley mourns after deadly Oregon District shooting

Scene outside of Ned Peppers in Oregon District Sunday Morning / Photo: Dayton Daily News, Cox Media Group
Scene outside of Ned Peppers in Oregon District Sunday Morning / Photo: Dayton Daily News, Cox Media Group

In the early hours of Sunday August 4, hundreds in downtown Dayton’s historic Oregon District took cover or fled as shooting broke out.

The gunfire lasted for less than a minute on East Fifth Street in downtown Dayton, 27 people were injured and 9 people were killed. One person was shot and killed in the alley next to Blind Bobs.

The suspected gunman, Connor Betts, 24, was wearing a bullet proof vest and mask. He was shot and killed just outside the door of Ned Peppers Bar.

The victims included Lois Oglesby, Nicholas Cumer, Logan Turner, Thomas McNichols, Derrick Fudge, Monica Brickhouse, Saheed Saleh, Beatrice Warren-Curtis and Bett’s sister Megan Betts.

“Our heart goes out to all those impacted by the horrific event that occurred earlier this morning in Dayton,” Provost Sue Edwards said in a mass communication email Sunday morning. “he quick action of the Dayton Police Department brought and end to something that most assuredly could have been much worse.”

Megan Bett’s was a current student at Wright State majoring in Earth and environmental sciences according to university officials.

“The loss of any student, particularly one in such a tragic and senseless manner, can generate sadness, anger, and frustration,” said Dr. Gary Dickstein, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

In the communication email by Provost Edwards, counseling services will be available for students, faculty and staff.

“Students can seek confidential support services through Counseling and Wellness Services at 053 Student Union or by calling 937-775-3407. Also available is our Raider Cares Phone Service/Crisis Text Line. Raider Cares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour crisis phone service. You can reach the Raider Cares Line by calling 833-848-1765 (TTY: 314-485-4345). Additionally, you also have access to a Crisis Text Line that offers 24-hour, seven-day per week text contact with trained crisis counselors. You can reach them by texting “LISTEN” to 741-741 The Crisis Text Line is NOT affiliated with Counseling and Wellness Services or Wright State.”

“In addition, counseling services are available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program. Call (800) 227-6007 or visit the Impact Solutions website at http://www.myimpactsolution.com/. Use member username: wsufsap.”

There will be a vigil held in the Student Union Atrium at 1pm on Monday August 5.