The Dayton, Ohio shooter who killed nine people, including his own sister, has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, from Bellbrook, Ohio.
The deceased gunman, armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle and a 100-round drum magazine, was killed by police, who engaged him in under a minute. On his social media profile, Betts described himself as a pro-Satan leftist who supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president, according to Heavy.com.
In his Twitter profile, Connor Betts, the 24-year-old suspected gunman in the Dayton mass shooting, wrote, "he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i'm going to hell and i'm not coming back." https://t.co/mSIxB1NZLE pic.twitter.com/gdokY6ShsY
— Heavy.com (@HeavySan) August 4, 2019
One tweet from Betts read, “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding,”
The killer was no fan of President Donald Trump, tweeting on election day, “This is bad.”
He also tweeted about Trump’s hard line stance on immigration.
President Trump plans to make a statement on the shootings Monday morning, after telling reporters “more has to be done.”
“Hate has no place in our country and we’re going to take care of it,” Trump said.
The president, who spoke with both Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, is expected to address the matter around 10 a.m.
Betts was reportedly accompanied to the scene by his sister and a companion, who was also shot and survived. Betts was dressed all in black, wearing body armor and a mask when he opened fire outside a Dayton bar around 1 a.m., killing 9 people and wounding at least 27 others — all in less than a minute.
The companion is said to be cooperating with police and initial reports suggest he may not have been aware of Betts’ intentions.
Surveillance video appears to have captured the moment police engaged the killer.
Six Dayton Police officers engaged the killer within 30 seconds, saving countless lives, according to the Dayton Daily News.
The six officers were: Sgt. William C. Knight, Officer Brian Rolfes, Officer Jeremy Campbell, Officer Vincent Carter, Officer Ryan Nabel, and Officer David Denlinger.
On his Twitter profile — the account has since been taken down — Betts listed his preferred pronouns, a common progressive act.
According to Heavy.com, the profile read, “he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.”
On the day Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) died, Betts tweeted, “F*ck John McCain.”
The top post on Betts’ Twitter feed was a retweet of a response to a Huffington Post story that said, “Millennials have a message for the Joe Biden generation: hurry up and die.”
Start the clock.
See how long it takes for @SenWarren to disavow her supporter, the murderer.
(If she ever does). https://t.co/ZZts2kCqaF
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) August 5, 2019
He also seemingly backed gun control, while at the same time praising guns.
On February 14, 2018, the day of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Betts posted a comment directed at Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
“Hey rob. How much did they pay you to look the other way? 17 kids are dead. If not now, when?” Betts tweeted.
In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, where 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured, he said, “you can’t kill 50+ people and injure 600(!) In 10 minutes with cigarettes my dude.”
Betts is listed as a Democrat by the Greene County Board of Elections.
The Daily Beast reported that Betts had separated from his sister and her companion before he began shooting and the sister, 22-year-old Megan, wasn’t the first person to be shot. It’s unclear if he was targeting his sibling.
Footage of the attack was captured on surveillance cameras.
Police say 24-YO Connor Betts, the man who killed 9 people in Dayton began shooting as he made his way toward a bar called Ned Peppers. This surveillance video shows people falling to the ground, taking cover. Betts fired for less than 1 min before he was shot & killed. NA-60SU pic.twitter.com/W8WRuC3aUc
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) August 4, 2019
As expected, Betts showed signs of hostility years before Sunday’s shooting spree, according to former classmates.
He was reportedly suspended in high school after compiling a “hit list” of individuals he wanted to kill and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault, according to Fox News.
The former students said the kill list was found scrawled on a bathroom wall in school and the rape list was brought to school.
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“There was a kill list and a rape list, and my name was on the rape list,” one female classmate told the Associated Press.
During her freshman year, the former cheerleader said she received a phone call from a police officer who informed her that her name was included on a list of potential targets.
“The officer said [Betts] wouldn’t be at school for a while,” she said, referring to the boy’s suspension. “But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn’t give us any warning that he was returning to school.”
A former middle school classmate told the Dayton Daily News that Betts was obsessed with killing and death — the woman said she and her parents even reported this to police.
“He knew it wasn’t normal,” she said. “He and I talked at length about him getting help.”
Connor Betts, 24, has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, that left 9 dead and several wounded.
His patch on his shirt shows he’s a satanist/atheist.
We don’t have a gun problem, we have a lack of God problem. pic.twitter.com/36UtCGJSWa
— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) August 4, 2019
The former classmate also said Betts once told her that he fantasized about tying her up and slitting her throat.
Another classmate who participated in a Junior ROTC military program with Betts commented on how uncomfortable people were around him.
“He was always a bit of an oddball,” the classmate said. “He had a dark sense of humor — jokes about people dying. He would wear all black. I remember sensing a dark energy around him.”
“I think this is less of a hate crime and more of an ‘I hate everybody’ crime,” he added. “I honestly feel more comfortable now knowing that he’s gone.”
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