Updated Aug 15, 2019

Coroner finds suspected Dayton shooter had drugs in his system during attack

A memorial to mass shooting victims outside Ned Peppers Bar on Aug. 5, near the scene of the massacre in Dayton, Ohio. Photo: Megan Jelinger/AFP/Getty Images

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.

What else we know: The FBI is assisting the Dayton police department to investigate the shooting. Special agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati field office, Todd Wickerham, told reporters that their investigation had “uncovered evidence that the shooter was exploring violent ideologies," per the NYT.

  • Wickerham said no evidence had been found to suggest "a racial motivation for the shooting."
  • Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that the suspect's 22-year-old sister, Megan Betts, was among the first people shot in the attack, but it remains unclear if she was intentionally killed, per AP.
  • Kollie was charged in the Southern District of Ohio with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and making a false statement to buy his gun. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
  • Biehl clarified at an Aug. 13 news conference that 17 people were injured in the shooting. Authorities said previously that 14 were treated for gunshot wounds.
  • The police chief told a news conference on Aug. 6 the suspect's "orientation toward violent ideologies" meant the FBI would take a central role in investigations. Local police would focus on the murder investigation, he said.
We have found very specific violent ideologies that the shooter we know followed and was interested in."
— Special agent Todd Wickerham, head of the FBI's Cincinnati field office
  • Lt. Col. Matt Carper, the Dayton deputy chief of police, said the suspect was shot to death by responding officers who were on the scene at 1am.
  • The suspect was wearing body armor, a mask and ear protection. He used a .223 high-capacity gun and was carrying at least 100 rounds, according to authorities.
  • Police told CNN they found writings from Betts stating he wanted to kill people. A Twitter account was found that appears to have retweets of extreme left-wing, anti-police and anti-fascist posts. Classmates of Betts' told CNN he kept a "hit list" of peers he wanted to kill or rape. Police were unable to determined a motive based on the writings.
  • Megan Betts and a friend traveled to Dayton's historic Oregon District with the shooter before separating. The companion was injured in the shooting, per the Washington Post.
  • Biehl said that the suspect bought the rifle used in the shooting online from a dealer in Texas and there is no indication that it was purchased illegally.

The victims: Authorities confirmed the following people were victims in the Aug. 4 shooting: Lois Oglesby, 27; Megan Betts, 22; Saeed Saleh, 38; Derrick Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36; Monica Brickhouse, 39.

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Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Lois Oglesby was one of the people killed (not Louis Oglesby).

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details throughout.

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West Texas shooter reportedly purchased firearm through private sale

Police cars and tape block off a crime scene near to where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater in Odessa, Texas, following a mass shooting in the area. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

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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Odessa shooter called police and FBI after losing job

FBI special agent Christopher Combs leaves a press conference about the Odessa shooting Monday. Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

The perpetrator of a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, Saturday had been fired from his job that morning and later called police and the FBI before opening fire in a drive-by shooting that left 7 dead and 22 injured, per AP.

What we know: The shooter had already been "in trouble" at work, according to FBI special agent Christopher Combs, and was terminated from his job at Journey Oilfield Services that morning. But authorities say his firing was not the cause of his actions.

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What the deadliest mass shootings have in common

Data: U.S. Mass Shootings, 1982-2019: Data From Mother Jones’ Investigation; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

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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