Nurse fleeing Dayton, Ohio, shooter stopped to perform CPR on victims

A nurse fleeing the scene in Dayton, Ohio, stopped to perform CPR on victims as a gunman killed nine people and injured at least 27 others

Kayla Miller, who is a critical care nurse, was at the Ned Peppers Bar to celebrate a friend's birthday when the shooting began, according to TODAY. She ran to safety as the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, opened fire outside of the crowded bar early Sunday morning. 

Miller stopped during her escape to perform CPR on some of the bar's wounded patrons, many of whom were sprawled on the street outside the building.  

"I look down the sidewalk and see just a row of bodies,'' Miller told TODAY. "People shot, some alive, some not."

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Authorities work the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting including Ned Peppers bar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Authorities work the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Authorities work at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Authorities work at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Autoridades trabajando en el lugar de un tiroteo masivo, el domingo 4 de agosto de 2019 en Dayton, Ohio. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Witnesses comfort one another at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaks during a news conference regarding a mass shooting earlier in the morning, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. At least nine people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting including Ned Peppers bar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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The gunman, who wore body armor and used a .223-caliber assault rifle, fired dozens of shots before police apprehended him. Authorities arrived and stopped the gunman within minutes. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Everyone wounded in the incident was taken to the hospital, and all but one have been released, according to TODAY. That person remains in critical condition. 

"I'm grateful to be able to be alive and talk to my family and friends and tell them I'm OK, but my heart breaks for these families,'' Miller told TODAY. "It's just not fair."

Miller described the moment when she realized something was wrong, as the crowd within the bar immediately responded to the gunshots. 

"It was pretty evident because everyone was just crawling toward the back exit, just finding each other to get out of the bar,'' Miller told TODAY.

The tragedy in Dayton came just hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, Tx., killed 22 people and injured dozens more. That incident occurred at a Walmart, where officials estimated up to 3,000 customers were shopping on Saturday when the 21-year-old gunman opened fire. 

There have been 251 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The nonprofit defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter. 

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