Aug 12, 2019

Dayton shooter's friend admits to purchasing gear used in attack

Police officer at the shooting scene in Dayton, Ohio. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

24-year-old Ethan Kollie has admitted to buying body armor, a high-capacity magazine and an accessory for the gun used by Connor Betts, who killed 9 people in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month. Kollie was arrested by the FBI for lying on a federal firearms form he used to buy his own handgun.

The big picture: Federal court documents unsealed Monday do not indicate that Kollie intentionally planned or was involved in the shooting. Kollie told authorities, however, that he stored the accessories he bought for Betts at his house, where he watched and helped Betts assemble the AR-15 used in the shooting "approximately 10 weeks ago." He said he kept the gear at his own house to help hide it from Betts' parents.

  • Kollie could face up to 15 years in prison for not disclosing a prior drug offense on the form he used to purchase his own gun.
  • He told authorities he knew that if he told the truth about his drug use, he would be unable to purchase his firearm.
  • Kollie also told the FBI that he and Betts had done "hard drugs," marijuana and acid together four-to-five times a week during 2014-2015.

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Police in Dayton, Ohio, said that 24-year-old Connor Betts shot 26 people in 32 seconds before officers killed him in the Aug. 4 attack that left 10 dead, including the gunman, WHIO TV reports.

The latest: The gunman had cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol in his system during the shooting, AP reports, citing the Montgomery County coroner. A U.S. magistrate judge ordered that 24-year-old Ethan Kollie be held without bond on Thursday. Kollie, a friend of Betts, purchased body armor and a high-capacity magazine used in the shooting. Kollie has been charged with "lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the attack," per AP.

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West Texas shooter reportedly purchased firearm through private sale

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Authorities tell ABC News and other media outlets that the gunman who killed 7 people and injured 22 others in a drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas sister cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon obtained his firearm through a private sale.

Why it matters: The suspect, 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator of Odessa, had tried to buy a firearm in January 2014 but was denied, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement Tuesday. The agency said it could not legally disclose why, but a law enforcement official told AP it was due to a "mental health issue." The revelation is sure to drive the political debate over closing background check loopholes like the one that allows private vendors to sell weapons without asking about the buyer's legal status.

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The deadliest mass shootings in recent history have had one thing in common: the perpetrator used an assault rifle.

Why it matters: These weapons possess an incredible amount of killing power, and amplify the destructive will of the person who carries out an attack. Nine people died and 27 were injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio in an attack that lasted 32 seconds. The killer used an AR-15 style assault rifle.

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