Incident Summary:

08/04/2019: An assailant, armed with an assault-style firearm, opened fire on civilians outside the Ned Peppers bar along East 5th street in Dayton, Ohio, United States. At least 10 people, including the assailant, were killed and 27 other people were injured in the attack. The assailant's sister was among the victims. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities identified the assailant as Connor Stephen Betts. Sources noted that although Betts identified himself as a leftist and had "an obsession with violence and mass shootings," he did not have a racial or political motive for carrying out the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ned Peppers Bar
Specific Description Bar
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An AM-15 .223-caliber semi-automatic firearm with a shortened barrel, a pistol brace, and equipped with a drum magazine was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There are doubts that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The motive for carrying out the attack was unclear and sources noted that Betts was obssessed with mass shootings.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 10
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 27
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dayton police release dramatic images, details of 32-second mass shooting," New York Daily News, August 13, 2019.
"Nine People Killed in Mass Shooting In Dayton, Ohio," CBS News, August 4, 2019.
"Dayton Shooter Murdered Sister in Attack, Officials Say," Yahoo! News, August 4, 2019.