Connor Betts, the 24-year-old young man, has been identified as the Dayton, OH. Shooter, that ended the lives of nine innocent people including his sister. Surprisingly, It does not come as a shock to the people from his past. Ex-girlfriends, neighbors, and fellow peers from high school all conclusively agree that as a teenager Betts had an extremely dark side that made them feel very uncomfortable.
Officers managed to shoot Betts, just within a minute of the first bullets being fired. Police confirmed Betts fired at least 41 shots in that time. Officials have not yet established a motive, and detectives said Monday they do not know if his 22-year-old sister, Megan Betts, was targeted intentionally.
The Betts family has not released a public statement since the shooting.
On social media accounts, Betts portrayed himself as a metalhead, lefty, anime fan. On Twitter, he supported gun ownership and atheism as well as various left-wing candidates and movement, such as anti-fascist. The company suspended his account following the occurrence, and there seems to be no connection that his political views had any association with the shooting.
Adelia Johnson, the most recent ex-girlfriend of Betts, stated the couple met at the local community college in Dayton. The two shared a call in psychology where they became close through shared stories of struggling with mental illness. However, the relationship only lasted a short time before Johnson broke it off. At first, it was like any ordinary relationship, but shortly after she began to feel like something was a little off. On their first date, Betts played her a video of a mass shooting in a synagogue. Another time, they went to the shooting range to shoot a rifle. Johnson learned he was in a heavy metal group famous for their sexually violent lyrics. During conversations with Betts, She said he would regularly bring up mass murders, and his girlfriend before her. He even asked her to join him to drop off a letter to the ex’s house; she states the note read, “You can’t escape your past.” That note was the final red flag for Johnson as she decided to end the relationship with a text message because she was frightened by his actions.
Whereas Melissa Appel, 30, who dated Betts last summer for almost a year portrayed him to be both “quiet” and “respectful.” She said the two of them discussed both anime and music and was never aggressive nor did he show signs to raise her concern as far as she saw. At the time authorities released the name of the gunman Melissa was at work, she saw the article and had a panic attack. She never knew he owned any firearms, but they did go to the gun range to shoot once before. She would have never thought that a person she was once close with would do such a tragic thing.
Appel’s encounter is undoubtedly incompatible with those of other people who implied Betts was socially alienated.
Neighbors of Betts described him as, a “bad dude” who had “violent tendencies,” as well as a “kind of a loner, a bit of an outcast.” Theo Gainey added that “a lot of people saw kind of a dark side in him.”
Fellow peers of Betts from Bellbrook High School shared that Betts was suspended once for creating both a “hit list” and a “rape list.” This lead almost a third of the students to miss school out of fear of becoming a victim.
One woman, anonymously, claimed that Betts discussed desires to violently attack girls and claimed he was fearful of his own thoughts. She added that he revealed poems he had written of killing people and that she recommended him to get counseling.
“He had really dark fantasies, a lot of them mixed death with sex,” she said.
Eventually, she cut off association with Betts. “He threatened me, so I stopped being friends with him,” she said. She also mentioned that when she was 14, she informed her parents of the threat, and they went to the police to make a statement regarding Betts.
“When I heard he was the shooter, I wasn’t surprised at all,” she declared. “These are all the things that everyone tried to warn the police and the school about 10 years ago. Everyone knew who he was.”
The Dayton Police Chief, Richard Biehl stated Monday, that he was aware of the shooter’s high school history. However, he recommended against connecting the killer’s high school incident to the Sunday massacre.
Johnson explained she believes that Betts’ mental illness was never handled; however, she does not feel that was the reason for the violence. She’s still trying to reconcile the man she cared for with the sadness and destruction he left behind.
“This isn’t about race. This isn’t about religion. It’s none of those things,” explained Johnson to NBC News. “This is a man who was in pain and didn’t get the help that he needed.”