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Feds to unveil firearms charges against friend of Dayton shooter

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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.

Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, Connor Betts approached a packed crowd in front of Ned Peppers bar and unloaded about 40 rounds in just 32 seconds.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A friend of the Dayton gunman who killed nine people told federal agents he bought him body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine earlier this year, according to a court document unsealed Monday.

Kollie also purchased the body armor, the upper receiver for an AR-15 and the 100-round double drum magazine that Betts used during the shooting, Glassman said.

The FBI said last week that Betts, had a history of violent obsessions and had mused about committing mass murder before his rampage in Dayton's historic downtown.

Federal authorities say the friend of the OH shooter bought him body armor and a firearm accessory earlier this year.

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

"The purchases that are at issue here were some of the equipment that was used", the prosecutor said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and other law enforcement officials will hold a news conference Monday afternoon. While speaking with Kollie, FBI agents noticed a bong and a pistol in his home.

"There is no evidence and no allegation. that Kollie intentionally participated in the planning" of the August 4 shooting, he said.

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".

A search warrant was executed at Kollie's home, turning up several weapons, marijuana, and mushrooms.

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.

Possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of a controlled substance is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He does stand charged with one count of making false statements regarding a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a drug addict.

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