DAYTON, OH (PM) — A confidant of the man who shot nine people dead in the Dayton, Ohio, massacre informed investigators that he purchased the body armor and ammunition the gunman utilized in the attack, the authorities said Monday.
Ethan Kollie, 24, acquired the items for the gunman, Connor Betts, and then stored them in his apartment to assist Mr. Betts to hide them from his parents, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio stated.
Kollie did not deliberately assist in the planning of the attack, the US Attorney for Southern District of Ohio added. Connor Betts killed himself in the shooting with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Separately, Kollie was implicated of fabricating federal firearms forms for unrelated gun purchase and was charged late Friday with a weapons violation, the authorities stated.
Kollie lied about being a drug user to be able to obtain firearms for his friend, Connor Betts.
Kollie confessed to using marijuana to federal law enforcement in subsequent interviews after the shooting on Aug. 4.
On the day of the shooting, Kollie admitted to purchasing body armor and a gun accessory.
Officers interviewed Kollie again on Aug. 8, and Kollie told them he had ingested hard drugs with Mr. Betts four or five times a week in 2014 and 2015.
After officials got a federal search warrant, Kollie newly admitted to being a regular user of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms and to raising them in his residence.
Kollie is currently remanded in custody and will appear in federal court in Dayton at 3 pm on Wednesday for a detention hearing.