Public records indicate that Betts was registered to vote, listing his party affiliation as Democrat. His only prior offenses were two speeding tickets in 2013 and 2014.
The attack lasted less than a minute. A gunman, allegedly Betts, armed with a .223 caliber high-capacity magazine, additional magazines, and a long gun, was able to strike 35 people outside of the Ned Peppers bar on East Fifth Street before nearby police could respond.
Bystander Izack Johnson recorded a video near the scene of the violence. A barrage of gunfire can be heard as more than 20 shots ring out during the 46-second clip.