OH police said 24-year-old Connor Betts was wearing a mask and body armour when he opened fire with an AR-15-style gun in Dayton. Special Agent Todd Wickerham did not specifically say what the FBI was investigating, but said the agency is looking into who might have helped Betts, and why he chose the specific target of Dayton's OR entertainment district. There have been protesters in both the OH city and in El Paso, opposed to the president visiting so soon after the incidents.
He said they sometimes played trivia at a bar near the gas station, and Betts often knew the answers on questions about current events and pop culture. He declined to discuss what specific ideologies might be linked to Betts' actions but said there was no evidence so far that they were racially motivated.
"He was a fan of Antifa, he was a fan of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, nothing to do with Trump", he told reporters as he left the White House for Dayton.
'I will welcome him in the official capacity as mayor since he is in the office of the president, ' she said.
"I remember specifically him talking about being scared of the thoughts that he had, being scared that he had violent thoughts", said Carpenter, who cut off contact with him in 2013 after he lashed out at her during an online chat.
Brown and Whaley said they urged Trump to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the Senate back to session this week to pass background checks on assault weapons. "We thought it was a normal thing". She said she didn't have any photos of them together.
As for the response of the people on the ground to Trump's visit, Whaley seemed to carefully avoid mentioning Trump by name, saying, "I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the President of the United States came today".
"The Betts family would like to express their enormous gratitude and love for everyone who has reached out and given their support during this bad time".
Mourners leave flowers and candles at the entrance of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District following a memorial service to recognize the victims of a mass shooting early this morning on August 4, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio.
Another former classmate, who was not on the list, said that he met Betts through a "friend of a friend".
Police patrolling the area fatally shot the gunman within 30 seconds of when he started shooting.
The Ohio gun massacre was the second such deadly shooting in the USA in under 24 hours, as over 20 people were killed and 26 injured when a gunman opened fire in a Walmart in the city of El Paso, Texas, on 3 August.
Authorities have said that Betts was known to have been a troubled youth in high school, at one point drawing up a "hit list" of students he wanted to kill or otherwise harm.
"It's baffling and awful that somebody who's been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo", said Hannah Shows, a former high classmate who remembered seeing Betts look at people and imitate shooting at them.
Brickler said Betts later returned to the school. "The National Rifle Association, the gun lobby, gives millions of dollars to Republican candidates and spends millions and millions against Democrats like me that have stood up to the NRA", Brown said.