Kayla Miller Recalls Terrifying Moment She Stopped to Perform CPR during the Dayton Bar Shooting

Aby Rivas
Aug 07, 2019
03:00 A.M.

Kayla Miller was one of the dozens of people running for her life as shots rang on the streets of Dayton, Ohio early Sunday.


However, her instinct to help kicked-in as she saw wounded victims laying on the floor, and she stopped to help, putting her own life at risk.

Kayla Miller, a critical care nurse, was at Ned Pepper’s Bar celebrating her friend’s 25th birthday when gunman Connor Betts, 24, opened fire on the crowded street where the bar is located, killing nine people and injuring 27 others.



As chaos erupted and people started to run for their lives, Miller’s nurse instinct kicked in once she was out on the street and witnessed the horror the gunman left behind.

“I look down the sidewalk and see just a row of bodies,'' she said in between sobs. "People shot, some alive, some not."

Miller stopped to give CPR to some of the victims, and although it is not clear if she was able to save any life, she put hers at risk just to be able to help.

“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,'' she tearfully said. "It's just not fair."

The young nurse said she realized something was wrong when people started to crawl towards the back exit of the club, fighting each other to get out of the place.



According to authorities, Connor Betts arrived at the Oregon District on Saturday night alongside his sister and an unknown male companion. They separated at some point, and shortly after 1:00 am, Connor opened fire outside of Ned Pepper’s Bar.

He was wearing body armor and a mask and carried a 223-caliber rifle with 100 high-capacity magazines.

Dayton Police officers were patrolling the area and were able to locate and shoot Betts just 30 seconds after he fired the first shot. He was attempting to enter the bar.


Even with the officer’s quick response, Betts killed nine people, his sister among them, and injured 27 others, one of whom remains in critical condition.


Doug Doherty, Bellbrook Police Chief, told the press that police is already in touch with Betts’ parents, but they’re not ready to talk about the death of both of their children.

"They are victims, and we're treating that as such – them as victims," he said, according to CNN affiliate WLWT.

Residents left flowers and candles outside of Ned Pepper’s bar to remember the victims. The Dayton shooting was the second mass shooting in the U.S in less than 24 hours.


On Saturday morning, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people and leaving 26 injured.

According to reports, the suspect was identified as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas.

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