FBI Says Dayton Gunman Explored ‘Violent Ideologies’

The Daily Caller | 8/6/2019 | Staff
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An FBI official said Tuesday investigators have evidence Dayton, Ohio, shooter Connor Betts explored “violent ideologies” prior to an attack that left nine dead Sunday morning, but said there was no indication the shooting was racially motivated.

“We have uncovered evidence throughout the course of our investigation that the shooter was exploring violent ideologies,” Todd Wickerham, the FBI special agent in charge of the Cincinnati field office, said at a press conference.

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Wickerham did not describe the ideologies in question, but Betts’ social media activities appear to show he described himself as a “leftist” and expressed support for Antifa, a left-wing activist group. Betts also appeared to have said on Twitter that he would vote for Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Betts, 24, opened fire early Sunday morning in Dayton’s nightlife district, killing nine people, including his sister. Betts reportedly arrived in the area with his sister and a male friend and wore body armor during the attack.

Wickerham said at the press conference that investigators have not determined Betts’ motive or whether he was assisted in the attack.

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