While police in Dayton, Ohio search for a motive behind Sunday's mass shooting in the city's nightlife district, the FBI is looking into whether gunman Connor Betts was influenced by "violent ideologies."
This undated photo provided by the Dayton Police Department shows Connor Betts. In mask and body armor, the 24-year-old opened fire early Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killing several people, including his sister, officials said. This undated photo provided by the Dayton Police Department shows Connor Betts.
FBI agent Todd Wickerham told reporters Tuesday agents have evidence Betts was "exploring" such ideas, but gave no other details. Wickerham said Betts had not been on the FBI's radar as someone to watch. He also said investigators are still looking to see if anyone helped Betts carry out his bloody rampage.
Betts was a 24-year-old community college student. He killed nine people, including his own sister, and wounded 26. But accounts of people who knew him say he harbored violent thoughts for years.
While police look for a tangible explanation for mayhem Betts unleashed in Dayton's nightlife district, classmates who knew him at Bellbrook High School a decade ago say he was suspended from the school when they discovered he was keeping lists of boys he wanted to kill and girls he wanted to rape.
Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty briefs the media near the family home of Dayton mass shooting suspect Connor Betts, in Bellbrook, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2019.
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