Dayton, OH – High school classmates of the man who gunned down nine people outside a bar in Dayton’s Oregon District early Sunday morning said that the shooter had a history of threatening behavior and got caught with lists of students that he wanted to rape and kill.
The 24-year-old gunman opened fire just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 4 in front of popular bar Ned Peppers, CNN reported.
He was wearing a mask, body armor, and ear protection when he let loose with a .223-caliber rifle equipped with a 100-round drum magazine.
Nine people were fatally shot and another 27 were injured, The Washington Post reported.
Authorities said the gunman was killed by police within 30 seconds of the start of his shooting spree, CNN reported.
Surveillance video showed the moment officers stopped the shooter in his tracks as he was about to enter the bar where numerous people had fled.
One of the victims who was killed was the gunman’s little sister.
The gunman had driven into the city with his sister and another friend in the family’s 2007 Toyota Corolla for a night on the town, The Washington Post reported.
But once they arrived, the trio split up.
Megan Betts, 22, was one of the first to die when her brother began shooting, The Washington Post reported.
The companion who had ridden into Dayton with them was shot in the lower torso and was still in the hospital being treated, CNN reported.
Police on Sunday said they didn’t know if the gunman had targeted his sister and her friend, The Washington Post reported.
The gunman fired 41 rounds before he was neutralized by officers nearby the scene.
At least six police officers fired 58 rounds at the shooter less than a minute after his rampage began, The Washington Post reported. The gunman died at the scene.
Police said the gun that was used by the Dayton shooter had been purchased, legally, online from Texas and transferred to the gunman by a local firearms dealer in Ohio.
“There’s nothing in this individual’s record that would have precluded him from getting these weapons,” Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters on Sunday.
Chief Biehl initially said that the only things on the gunman’s record were traffic tickets for speeding and failing to yield, The Washington Post reported.
On Monday, Dayton police corrected their earlier statement and said that the gunman had been arrested for driving under the influence in 2016, CNN reported.
But two federal law enforcement sources told CNN that authorities had found writings linked to the gunman that showed he had an interest in killing people.
And two of the gunman’s former high school classmates have since come forward and said there was more than one warning sign of the trouble to come while they were in school with him.
The former classmates, both of whom are now 24 years old, told the Associated Press that the gunman had repeatedly threatened other students and was suspended from school for hit lists he compiled of students he wanted to kill and girls he wanted to rape.
They said the shooter had been suspended during his junior year at Bellbrook High School after his “hit list” was found in the school bathroom, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But the former classmates said that wasn’t his first suspension.
They said the future mass shooter was first suspended after he was caught at school with a list of female students that he wanted to rape, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“There was a kill list and a rape list, and my name was on the rape list,” the female former classmate said.
The former cheerleader said she was surprised when an officer called her freshman year to tell her that her name had appeared on a list of rape targets, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The officer said [Betts] wouldn’t be at school for a while,” she said. “But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn’t give us any warning that he was returning to school.”
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek school district officials confirmed that the gunman had been a student in the district but wouldn’t comment on his former classmates’ allegations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Former Bellbrook High School Principal Chris Baker, however, told the Dayton Daily news that he “would not dispute that information.”
Sugarcreek Township Police Chief Michael Brown, whose jurisdiction includes Bellbrook High School, would not return calls seeking information about whether an investigation had been conducted at the time, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Bellbrook alumnus Drew Gainey took to Twitter on Sunday to talk about the red flags that were raised about the would-be murderer while he was still in high school, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“There was an incident in high school with this shooter that should have prevented him from ever getting his hands on a weapon. This was a tragedy that was 100% avoidable,” Gainey tweeted on Sunday.
There was a student by that name on the Bellbrook track team with the gunman, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Democratic politicians were quick to condemn guns and blame white supremacy and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the horrifying mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, only 13 hours apart,
But on his social media account that has been taken down by Twitter, the Dayton gunman identified as a pro-Satan leftist who hated President Trump, The Sun reported.
The gunman’s posts to twitter showed he supported U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) for President and also liked U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California).
His tweets showed that the future murderer supported gun control and blamed Republicans for school shootings, The Sun reported.
“Millennials have a message for the Joe Biden generation: hurry up and die,” was pinned at the top of his Twitter page and another post said “Kill every fascist.”
Police have said they still do not have a motive in the Dayton gunman’s killing spree.
Chief Biehl said police were still investigating but so far have found nothing to indicate the massacre was racially-motivated, CNN reported.
He also said that it would be hard to believe the gunman didn’t know he was shooting at his sister, although investigators have not yet come to that conclusion.
Former classmates said the gunman and his sister were in the marching band together in high school and described them as a having a good relationship, The New York Times reported.
“She was a very bubbly personality — very kind,” former band member Alex Gerbic said. “From what I knew, they were close, as brother and sister. This was five or six years ago. I think she had a great affection for her brother.”