Prosecutors: Ohio Shooter's Friend Bought Him Armor

Dayton Police Dept. via Reuters

Dayton Police Dept. via Reuters

A longtime friend of the Dayton gunman bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine, and a gun accessory used to kill nine people, but there's no indication that the man knew that his friend was planning a mass shooting, federal agents said Monday.

File-This undated file photo provided by the Dayton Police Department shows Connor Betts.

When FBI officials conducted a search warrant at Kollie's apartment, authorities say he admitted that he bought body armor, an upper receiver for an AR-15 weapon and a 100-round double drum magazine, all of which, prosecutors say, were used in the slaughter in Dayton's Oregon District, a vibrant strip that features bars and clubs that get especially packed on weekends. Kollie said he helped Betts assemble the firearm several months ago.

Glassman and Todd Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Cincinnati, announced the charges at a 2 p.m. news conference in Dayton. "We have no evidence of that", Glassman said at the press conference.

FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents interviewed Mr. Kollie in the hours after the August 4 shooting.

During that interview, Kollie allegedly told agents that he likes guns and now owns a handgun and a micro Draco pistol. At that time, he told them that he purchased the items for Betts.

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Betts also allegedly made a "rape list" of female classmates he wanted to sexually assault as well as a "hit list" that was later found in a school bathroom.

Kollie and Betts allegedly assembled the AR-15 in Kollie's apartment 10 weeks ago, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.

When purchasing weapons, Kollie checked the "No" box when asked if he used drugs, Glassman said.

The Ohio native told the authorities that he smoked daily. Those charges are not related to the shooting.

Multiple officers shot and killed Betts at the scene.

The charge comes just over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others. "The materials reviewed thus far reveal that the individual had a history of obsession with violent ideations, which include mass shootings and expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting".

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