Federal authorities are charging the friend of the Dayton shooter who killed nine people in OH earlier this month for lying about narcotics usage on federal firearms forms required to purchase body armor and gun accessories.
File-This undated file photo provided by the Dayton Police Department shows Connor Betts.
While the officials stressed that there is no evidence that Ethan Kollie, 24, helped the shooter plan his attack, they did say that Kollie provided the body armor and accessories used in the attack.
"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. The gift store is across the street from the site where a man armed with a.223-caliber high-capacity rifle unleashed a barrage of bullets on revelers enjoying a night out in the early morning hours of August 4.
Kollie had a concealed carry permit and owned a micro Draco pistol, a Taurus semi-automatic and a.38 Taurus revolver, Glassman said. At that time, he told them that he purchased the items for Betts. "She said to stay away from Connor Betts". Kollie also told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he smokes marijuana every day and has done so since he was 14, and that he uses psychedelic mushrooms he grows in his residence, Glassman said.
When purchasing weapons, Kollie checked the "No" box when asked if he used drugs, Glassman said. Officers killed Betts within 30 seconds, just outside a crowded bar, and authorities have said hundreds more people may have died if Betts had gotten inside.
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. Add Dayton Mass Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Dayton Mass Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "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".
Mr. Kollie was arrested and had his first court date Friday, according to court records.