Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Friend of Dayton shooter facing charges

Friend of Dayton shooter facing charges

The gunman reportedly took possession of the assembled weapon between six and eight weeks before committing the mass murder.

The charge comes just over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.

Glassman said there is no evidence that Kollie participated in the planning or shooting with Betts.

"Kollie consented to a search of his residence, and while inside, agents smelled marijuana and observed in plain sight a bong and the Draco pistol".

Kollie, who was arrested Friday, said he and Betts did "hard drugs", marijuana and acid together four or five times a week between 2014 and 2015, according to Glassman.

The charging document says Ethan Kollie bought the items for Connor Betts and kept them at his apartment so his friend's parents would not find them.

According to the statement, Kollie also allegedly told agents he uses psychedelic mushrooms, which he grows at home and used to "micro-dose" "on a constant basis, stating it gives him energy and is "fun".

According to Glassman, Kollie was interviewed by authorities on August 4.

"Mr Kollie does not stand accused of intentionally participating in the planning of that shooting", Benjamin Glassman, US attorney for the Southern District of OH, said at a press conference.

Glassman said the FBI investigation is continuing and anyone who assisted Betts or had prior knowledge of the attack would face federal charges.

The FBI has said that Betts had been exploring "violent ideologies" before staging the attack but declined to provide any details on what they were.

Officers shot and killed Betts within 30 seconds of when his rampage started.

Kollie is facing up to 15 years in prison. Dozens more people were hurt by gunfire or injured while trying to escape.

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