Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Friend of mass shooter arrested on firearms charges

Friend of mass shooter arrested on firearms charges

DAYTON, Ohio- A friend of the gunman in the Dayton mass shooting is facing federal charges.

FBI and ATF agents allegedly found accessories for smoking marijuana in Kollie's house, leading to charges for checking "no" to drug use on federal background check Form 4473.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman and Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will made the announcement at a 2 p.m.in Dayton.

The office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said charges against the friend, who was not identified, would be unsealed at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) in Dayton.

Multiple officers shot and killed Betts at the scene. More than 30 others were left injured, including at least 14 with gunshot wounds, hospital officials and investigators said.

The Ohio native told the authorities that he smoked daily.

"There is no evidence and no allegation. that Kollie intentionally participated in the planning" of the August 4 shooting, Glassman said, noting that the investigation into the shooting continues.

"He admitted that he did remember filing out the form. and indicating falsely that he was not a user of illegal drugs", Glassman said.

Glassman said Kollie was charged with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of any controlled substance and making false statements or representations.

Most of the people on the lists he made of future victims in high school were girls, who said they tried to keep their distance but didn't want to anger him.

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 that about 10 weeks ago, he helped Betts assemble the AR-15 used in the OR district shooting, the complaint says.

At a press conference last week, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl announced that evidence obtained on the shooter revealed he had possible violent ideologies. Kollie also helped the killer assemble the AR-15 that was used in the murders.

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