Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Friend of gunman in OH mass shooting faces federal gun charges: prosecutors

Friend of gunman in OH mass shooting faces federal gun charges: prosecutors

Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, about a week ago, killing his sister and eight others. 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 man in question, Ethan Kollie, 24, allegedly bought body armor, an AR-15 accessory and a 100 round drum magazine for the shooter in May, the Department of Justice said.

Glassman said that authorities, in the course of investigating the shooting, learned that Kollie used illegal drugs and lied about his drug use on a form when he bought a firearm.

The Dayton shooting came just hours after an avowed white supremacist killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas.

"During that first interview, Kollie allegedly told agents that he likes guns and now owns a handgun and a micro Draco pistol", reads the statement. Kollie checked the "No" box.

Kollie allegedly told federal agents that he regularly used marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, which he grew at his apartment, and he routinely took "micro-doses" of mushrooms because it provided him with energy and it was "fun". While speaking with Kollie, FBI agents noticed a bong and a pistol in his home.

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According to the criminal complaint, Kollie stored the items in his apartment "to assist [the gunman] in hiding them from [the gunman's] parents".

When agents returned with a search warrant, they said Kollie was carrying the.38 and what they believed was a small amount of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman stressed there is no allegation that Kollie intentionally participated in planning of the shooting.

Kollie was charged with possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of a controlled substance and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Betts, who is from the nearby suburb of Bellbrook, Ohio, was wearing body armor and a mask during the attack, opening fire with an assault-style rifle fitted with a high-capacity ammunition drum that could hold 100 rounds, police said.

John Legend made a surprise visit to Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, a week after a shooting there left nine people dead and at least 31 others injured.

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