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Dayton shooting: Video shows shooter's path. Sister among first shot

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DAYTON, Ohio – Whether the Dayton mass shooter intended to shoot his sister the night he killed nine people and wounded 17 others is still a subject of debate between investigators.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference it was still too early in the investigation and there was too much disagreement between those examining evidence to definitively say whether Megan Betts was an intended target of her brother, Connor Betts.

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On the morning of Aug. 4, Betts opened fire in the Oregon District of Dayton. Officials on Tuesday updated the casualty list to 17 wounded by gunfire. Previously, police and hospital officials said at least 14 people suffered gunshots.

Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio, was shot and killed by police 32 seconds after the shooting began. He was armed with .223-caliber "assault-style" weapon and had body armor and extra magazines, according to officials.

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Lt. Paul Saunders provided a timeline Tuesday, put together by a team of six who reviewed 250 gigabytes of surveillance video, and the paths taken by Betts.

Aug. 3, 11:04 p.m.: Shooter Connor Betts, his sister and their companion arrive at the Oregon District. They go to Blind Bob's.

Aug. 4, 12:13 a.m.: Betts leaves Blind Bob's and goes to Ned Pepper's.

Aug. 4 , 12:42 a.m.: Betts leaves Ned Pepper's.

Aug. 4, 12:46 to 12:54 a.m.: Betts goes to his car, changes some of his clothes and gathers items from the car.

Aug. 4, 12:55 to 1:04 a.m.: Betts is behind Newcom's and Heart Mercantile.

Aug. 4, 1:04 a.m.: Betts opens fire in the alley near Blind Bob's. Thirty-two seconds later, Betts was killed.

a close up of text on a white background: Dayton police charted the movement of shooter from video cameras in the Oregon District © The Enquirer Dayton police charted the movement of shooter from video cameras in the Oregon District

In the videos, Betts can be seen leaving the bar scene and returning to a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. He can then be seen returning to the bars in different clothing and with a backpack.

Officers believe the firearm used in the shooting was disassembled inside the bag. There was a nine-minute window where the gunman can't be seen and when he reappears on footage firing on victims. Also in the video are several of the first officers responding to the scene while bar patrons fled the other direction.

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Biehl said evidence gathered from cellphone communications between Betts, his sister and the friend who accompanied them to the Oregon District indicated Betts knew where they were six minutes before he began shooting.

Their location, a taco stand near the bar Blind Bob's, was the first to be fired upon early Sunday morning, officials said.

Alex Buess et al. sitting at a table: Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, left, provides an update about the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. © The Enquirer Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, left, provides an update about the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

"There was a communication from his companion that they were going to the taco stand and that was about seven minutes or so before the shooting occurred," Biehl said.

Biehl said there's no indication Betts had any disagreements with people inside Ned Pepper's, a popular bar in the district.

"This was a plan well before he got to the Oregon District," Biehl said.

The chief would not confirm whether all the victims of the shooting were killed or shot by Betts. He said the coroner would be examining that issue.

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Biehl also said there was evidence Betts had drug paraphernalia on him during the shooting. The chief said Betts had undergone mental health treatment previously but said he was unaware of any diagnosis.

Officials also provided the demographics of each gunshot wound victim.

Fatal (9): Females - Four; three black and one white. Males - Five; three black and two white.

Nonfatal (17): Females - 11; four black and seven white. Males - Six; three black and three white.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Cameron Knight, Madeline Mitchell and Bob Strickley on Twitter: @ckpj99@maddiemitch_ and @rjstrickleyjr

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Dayton shooting: Video shows shooter's path. Sister among first shot

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