*The motive of mass the Dayton, Ohio mass killer Connor Betts was questioned immediately in the aftermath of his killings early Sunday morning.
In the hours since authorities are wondering even more so because it has come to light that the killer’s sister and a man identified as her boyfriend were also shot dead in the attack. And then there’s the fact that of the eight others killed, six were black.
Police say they are continuing to search for a motive and did not say whether the gunman sought to kill his sister or was aware that she was in the area Saturday night.
CONNOR BETTS ID’D AS DAYTON MASSACRE SHOOTER/EL PASO KILLER (PATRICK CRUSIUS) LABELED DOMESTIC TERRORIST
The other eight people who were killed ranged in age from 25 to 57. The police identified them as:
Lois L. Oglesby, 27, a black female;
Saeed Saleh, 38, a black male;
Derrick R. Fudge, 57, a black male;
Logan Turner, 30, a white male;
Nicholas P. Cumer, 25, a white male;
Thomas J. McNichols, 25, a black male;
Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36, a black female;
Monica E. Brickhouse, 39, a black female.
The NY Times quotes authorities as saying it was unlikely that Betts shot individuals based on their race. The gunman was killed by the police, who responded to the mass shooting in less than one minute, the authorities said.
“It’s hard to imagine that there was much discrimination in the shooting,” said Lt. Col. Matt Carper. “It happened in a very short period of time.”
The New York Times spoke to relatives and friends of the deceased. To learn more, click here.