Ohio gunman's friend bought and hid accessories used in shooting, FBI says

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Armed with a.223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines, Betts fired 41 shots in fewer than 30 seconds, killing his sister, Megan, and eight others in Dayton's entertainment district, police said. Officers killed Betts within 30 seconds, just outside a crowded bar, and authorities have said hundreds more people may have died if Betts had gotten inside.

The Justice Department says a friend of the OH gunman Connor Betts is being charged with lying on federal firearms forms.

Kollie admitted to purchasing body armor, the upper receiver of an AR-15, and a 100-round double drum magazine, all of which were used during the August 4 massacre.

Kollie and Betts allegedly assembled the AR-15 in Kollie's apartment 10 weeks ago, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.

Federal authorities say the friend of the OH shooter bought him body armor and a firearm accessory earlier this year.

Just days after the shooting, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced a package of gun control measures, including requiring background checks for almost all gun sales in Ohio and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats. Kollie bought the drum 6-8 weeks ago and that's when Betts then took possession of all three components.

Kollie agreed to allow agents to search his home, and while inside, they say they smelled marijuana and observed in plain sight a bong and the Drago pistol.

The affidavit says that Kollie also told agents he uses psychedelic mushrooms, which he grows in his residence, and "micro-doses" on a constant basis, stating it gives him energy and is "fun".

"Kollie indicated he purchased these items for Betts and stored them at his apartment to assist Betts in hiding them from Betts' parents", the statement explains. "When asked how often he used drugs in the past year and a half, Kollie said he smokes marijuana every day and has done so since he was 14".

Glassman and Todd Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Cincinnati, announced the charges at a 2 p.m. news conference in Dayton.

Kollie was arrested Friday and faces up to 15 years in federal prison if found guilty.

"It was opened late last week", said FBI Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham.

John Legend made a surprise visit to Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, a week after a shooting there left nine people dead and at least 31 others injured.

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