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Coroner says Dayton gunman had cocaine and alcohol in his system during the shooting that killed 9

Dayton shooting memorial
A makeshift memorial sits outside Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people on Aug. 4.
(Associated Press)

The Montgomery County coroner says the Dayton, Ohio, gunman had cocaine and other drugs in his system at the time of the mass shooting that killed nine people before police fatally shot him.

Dr. Kent Harshbarger said during a Thursday news conference that authorities also found a bag of cocaine on the body of 24-year-old Connor Betts.

He said all fatal gunshot wounds to the nine victims in Dayton’s mass shooting came from Connor Betts’ weapon, not police.

Harshbarger said Betts was shot by police about 24 times with wounds mostly to Betts’ upper torso and lower extremities.


Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the goal in the Aug. 4 mass shooting was to “immediately stop the killing.” The 24-year-old was killed by police.

The coroner said cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol were found in Betts’ system at the time of the shooting. A pipe device and a clear baggie with cocaine were found on Betts’ body.

Betts opened fire with an assault-style rifle in the Oregon entertainment district in Dayton early Aug. 4. At least 17 other people were wounded by gunfire. Police say officers shot and killed Betts just outside the doors of a crowded bar. Authorities are still investigating a motive.