Chilling photos of gunman with murdered sister
CHILLING photos of the Ohio gunman with his younger slain sister have emerged after the shooting rampage that left at least nine dead.
Police say 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a crowded bar about 1am on Sunday, killing his sister Megan, 22, along with eight other people.
The victims were killed "in less than one minute", according to Police Chief Richard Biehl, using at least 100 rounds of bullets and a gun he bought legally, a bulletproof vest, mask and hearing protection.
Armed officers fatally shot Betts within 30 seconds of the start of his rampage, with reports stating he appeared to be targeting his sister and her boyfriend in the city of Dayton.
In photos, taken from Megan's Facebook, the siblings appear to be close. Betts holds an arm around Megan in one image posted by their mother Moira Cofer Betts shows them a picturesque waterside location in Wilmington, North Carolina in July 2017.
"This may be my most favourite picture ever!" she captioned the photo, along with a love heart emoji.
Comments on the family photo called the siblings "cute" - something Moira responds to with "they have their moments".
A second photo shared by their mother shows them leaning in closely for a photo in a restaurant, the Crowne Plaza Dayton, dated April 19, 2017.
"My loves. So proud to be their mom!" the caption reads, along with another heart emoji.
On Facebook, tributes for Megan - a tour guide at Missoula Smokejumper visitor Center - began pouring in from friends for the "wonderful" young woman.
"These pictures don't even begin to show our lives together.... I have zero words. I'm so sorry this happened Megan and I love you to the moon and back," friend Libby wrote. "At least you're with God now.... Moira Cofer Betts I'm here for you and if you and Mr Betts need anything let me know... I'm absolutely sick..."
"My heart is so broken," another said, while one wrote: "Megan was such a wonderful young lady."
Others tagged Megan's mum Moira Cofer Betts, sending their love and well wishes during the "terrible tragedy".
A message left for Moira read: "I'm so terribly sorry for this tragedy."
One friend made a heartfelt plea for prayers for her "friend Moira Cofer Betts".
The post read: "Please hold the Betts family in your prayers. My heart is truly broken for my friend Moira Cofer Betts. This is a precious mother who adores her family & her children. They are people of faith & love."
It has attracted a stream of heartfelt messages from many, all sending support to the mum in an "unimaginable" situation.
"Just unimaginable. So very sorry," one said.
"My heart is completely aching," another wrote.
"Heartbroken and so confused. I will surround the family with love," someone else added.
While some discussed how "devastated" Moira must be at this time.
"She must be beyond devastated.. such a sad and awful time for the entire community but especially for those who lost friends and family," one friend said in a message left.
"I cannot imagine what that poor family is going through," another reasoned.
On Sunday night local time, a vigil is being held in the Oregon District at 8pm to honour the victims, who range in age from 25 to 57.
The popular night-life area where a gunman killed nine people and injured dozens of others has reopened to the public.
The Oregon district was reopened on Sunday afternoon, hours after the second mass shooting in the US within 24 hours.
A motive has not been released, with Police Chief Richard Biehl saying he can't yet answer why Betts began shooting early on Sunday in Dayton's Oregon District.
Officials say 27 more people were wounded, either by gunfire or as they fled. It was the second US mass shooting in less than 24 hours and came just hours after the El Paso shooting that left 20 people dead and 26 injured.