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Jerry Kenney

Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que and The Neon movie theatre will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000-square-foot mural. 

The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark, and while it was planned before the Aug. 4 mass shooting, its completion two months after the massacre holds special meaning for some residents and business owners in the neighborhood.

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle / WYSO

Dayton leaders are having initial discussions about erecting a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oregon District mass shooting on August 4. 

At a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Nan Whaley said the city plans to invite Oregon District business leaders, victims advocates, and other community members to form a committee focused on establishing a public display honoring the victims. 

Dayton Police Lt. Paul Saunders shares new video evidence in the August 4 mass shooting.
City of Dayton

New details are emerging about the investigation into the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead.

At a press conference, police shared surveillance video from area businesses pinpointing the gunman’s movements leading up to the attack.

Officials say the Dayton gunman spent time with his sibling and a friend at Blind Bob’s before heading to Ned Pepper’s bar alone. Police Chief Richard Biehl says it’s likely the gunman was casing the bar.

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The Dayton Foundation says a fund set up to help victims of the mass shooting is on track to raise more than a million dollars. As of Monday afternoon, individuals had donated around $620,000 to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The foundation set up the fund early on August 4th - just hours after a gunman killed nine people and injured more than two dozen others.

Vice President of Development and Donor Services at the Dayton Foundation Michelle Lovely says corporations are also contributing in a big way.

Oregon District residents and regulars gather at Lily's Bistro, just hours after the mass shooting, to raise money for a waitress who was shot and in emergency surgery. Outside, fire and police are still cleaning the streets.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Just hours after the mass shooting that killed nine and injured dozens more, Emily Mendenhall decided to throw a fundraiser. Not some time off in the future. But right then and there.

Mendenhall is from a restaurant family that owns multiple businesses on 5th Street, where the shooting occurred. She runs Lily’s Bistro. Her brother runs Blind Bob’s, and one of the waitresses who works at Blind Bob’s, Alayna Young, was shot.

The gun that was used on Sunday to kill nine people and wound more than a dozen others in Dayton, Ohio, inflicted that damage within just 30 seconds. But while the weapon might look like a rifle to many people, it's technically classified as a pistol under federal law.

Flowers and candles in front of Ned Peppers Bar memorialize victims of the Oregon District mass shooting.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dozens of grieving community members gathered once again Monday night to remember the victims of  Sunday’s mass shooting. The attack in the Oregon District left nine people dead, including the shooter’s own sister, and injured more than two dozen others.

Monday’s vigil was held in Bellbrook where the 24-year-old shooter and his 22-year-old sister Megan Betts had lived. 

Bellbrook resident Kevin Martin says he knew the Betts family through their kids’ activities at the high school.

sign in front of Omega Music listing victims of the 2019 mass shooting
April Laissle / WYSO

The jumble of shoes abandoned by people fleeing for their lives early Sunday morning has been removed from the parking lot of Ned Pepper’s bar. Near the front door, flowers and candles are piling up. Heart-shaped wreaths honoring the victims stand a few feet away.

The Dayton community is in mourning after 9 people were killed and over 30 injured in Sunday’s mass shooting.

Fifth street is typically empty on Mondays because most businesses are closed. But today,  reporters from all over the country pace on the sidewalks. TV news trucks hum on both sides of the street.

Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Authorities are continuing to investigate this weekend’s mass shooting on East Fifth Street in Dayton's Oregon District. Police have identified the killer as 24-year-old Connor Betts from Bellbrook.

The shooting left nine people dead, including the gunman’s own sister. More than two dozen other people were wounded. One remained in critical condition Sunday night.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters the killer wore body armor and a face mask when he opened fire using an AR-15-like assault rifle.

Thousands fill 5th Street, in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District.
Jerry Kenney

Sunday night in Dayton’s Oregon District, thousands of people gathered to honor those killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in front of Ned Peppers bar.

Among those attending the vigil, and inspired by the turnout was Erica Pate, a Dayton native now living in Piqua.

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