Three airmen from Wright-Patterson AFB injured while escaping shooting rampage in Dayton
By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 5, 2019
WASHINGTON — Three airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio were injured when they were evacuated Sunday from a popular district of Dayton targeted in a shooting rampage that left nine people dead, the commander of the base said Monday.
“[The airmen] were not directly injured in the shooting, however they were treated for minor injuries sustained during the mass evacuation of the area,” Col. Thomas Sherman, commander of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the 88th Air Base Wing, said Monday in a statement. “While we are profoundly grateful that none of our fellow airmen were seriously injured, the base and the entire community are heartbroken over this senseless taking of life.”
The shooter, 24-year-old Connor Betts, killed nine people, including his sister, just after 1 a.m. when the bars were closing down in the downtown Oregon District of Dayton. Fourteen other people suffered gunshots wounds, according to the Dayton Police Department on Monday. Betts was killed by police responding to the gunfire. The shooting happened several hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed at a shopping center.
Wright-Patterson has established a Helping Agency Support Center on the base for airmen, their families, and civilians to access post-tragedy assistance from chaplains, mental health and other counselors, Daryl Mayer, a spokesman for the base, wrote Monday in an email.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located about 12 miles from the area where the shooting took place. The base is home to Air Force Materiel Command and about 27,000 servicemembers, civilians and contractors work on the installation, according to the base website.