Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms
Aug 07 2019
The gunman who killed his sister and eight other people in Dayton, Ohio, before he was slain by police had a history of violent obsessions and had previously mused about committing mass murder, an Federal Bureau of Investigation official said on Tuesday.
He said they sometimes played trivia at a bar near the gas station, and Betts often knew the answers on questions about current events and pop culture. Sandra Williams, wrote to the chamber's Republican leader after the Dayton shooting asking for action on her legislation.
A third person, who also asked not to be named for privacy reasons, told CNN that Betts sent messages about the list to one of his classmates, who told her mother.
"Him talking about suicide and having suicidal thoughts, that wasn't a scary thing for me", she said, adding that "to my knowledge, when we were dating, there weren't any [suicide] attempts".
Police are still trying to determine what motivated Betts to kill nine people early Sunday morning in a popular nightlife district in downtown Dayton. That followed an earlier suspension after Betts came to school with a list of female students he wanted to sexually assault, according to the two classmates, a man and a woman who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern they might face harassment.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl on Monday called the 100-round magazines the shooter had "fundamentally problematic".
The Dayton attack was the second mass shooting in the US within 24 hours.
Doll said that during Betts's senior year he regularly ingested caffeine pills and energy drinks and told her he couldn't sleep because he was tormented by dark shadows at night.
He said the list was separated into two columns: a "kill list" for boys and a "rape list" for girls. Later, in May, Johnson said Betts was planning to leave a letter at the home of an ex-girlfriend that warned her, "You can't outrun your past".
Nothing in Betts' record precluded him from purchasing the assault-style weapon, which had been modified since it was sold, the police chief said.
Thomas tells WCPO-TV in Cincinnati he and other employees have gone through a Dayton police safety program to prepare for an active shooter situation. She said Betts had "uncontrollable urges" that she called "red flags", which eventually led her to call things off in May.
An Associated Press review of all firearms-related legislation passed previous year, encompassing the first full state legislative sessions since Parkland and the nation's deadliest mass shooting, in Las Vegas, showed a decidedly mixed record.
DeWine said he is asking the legislature to pass a law to allow courts to issue "safety protection orders" that could take guns away from "potentially unsafe individuals" and "get them the help they need". They noted without further explanation that OH law allows sealed juvenile court records to be expunged after five years or when the person involved turns 23.
He graduated from Suffield High School in 2010 and then attended Lincoln Tech for Diesel Technology. Brickler said Betts later returned to the school. Police said a manifesto circulating online was apparently penned by him. But Betts had no apparent criminal record as an adult, and police said there was nothing that would have prevented him from buying a gun.
Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday that he was friends with Betts from preschool through their high school graduation.