Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ohio shooter said to have wrestled with dark thoughts

Ohio shooter said to have wrestled with dark thoughts

The police and Federal Bureau of Investigation provided an update on the Dayton mass shooting on Tuesday, August 6 as the latter said it's beginning to investigate "violent ideologies" the man police say committed the shooting showed to have sought out.

Police also said that based on evidence gathered, the shooter had "expressed interest" in committing a mass shooting and were investigating with FBI how those ideologies he sought out may have influenced the shooting.

"It's baffling and terrible that somebody who's been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo", said Hannah Shows, a former high classmate who remembered seeing Betts look at people and imitate shooting at them.

Betts disappeared from the halls of Bellbrook High School.

He was killed by police officers on patrol nearby 30 seconds after he opened fire.

"We have an obligation to each other", DeWine, a Republican backed by the National Rifle Association gun lobby, said at a news briefing. "I just think that this is really sad", Mougey said.

The obit for Connor D. Betts said he was survived by his mother, Kathleen O'Leary Betts, and his father, Robert Betts.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, said she would welcome the president but plans to tell Trump "how unhelpful he's been on this", referring to Trump's remarks on Monday about ways to curb gun violence.

Betts had been previously suspended when he arrived in school with the list of female students he wanted to sexually assault, a male and a female classmate told AP. "If we do these things, it will make us safer", DeWine said.

The move came after two mass shootings which killed 31 people within 13 hours over the weekend in Texas and Ohio.

She said she did go to a shooting range with Betts and that he sometimes discussed guns but wasn't aware he owned any. Police said a manifesto circulating online was apparently penned by him.

Investigators were still trying to determine a motive, Biehl said. She remembers that he used to pretend like he had a gun and was shooting at them. She said Betts often simulated shooting other students and threatened to kill himself and others on several occasions.

The suspect, who was wearing body armor and a mask, opened fire with an assault-style rifle fitted with a high-capacity ammunition drum that could hold 100 rounds, police said.

The eight victims, excluding the shooter's sister, have been identified as, Lois Oglesby, 27, Saeed Saleh, 38, Derrick Fudge, 57, Logan Turner, 30, Nicholas Cumer, 25, Thomas McNichols, 25, Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36, and Monica Brickhouse, 39.

Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday that he knew Betts from preschool through their high school graduation.

He also wants to strengthen penalties for existing gun crimes, including those for violent felons and others who continue to possess or use guns they are not legally allowed to possess, people who illegally give firearms to minors and buyers and sellers involved in straw purchases - informal transactions in which one person buys a gun illegally for another individual.

DeWine's proposal could meet resistance in the Republican-controlled Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.

A database by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there have been 23 mass killings in America so far this year, claiming the lives of 131 people. By comparison, 140 people died in mass killings in all of 2018.

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