The alleged perpetrator of the shooting that killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 4, had compiled a list of ‘targets’ he wanted to kill and rape.
Two former classmates of Connor Betts, 24, told the Dayton Daily News that the young man had lists of classmates he was targeting for murder and rape.
A former high school classmate, who refused to reveal her identity, told the media that Betts once told her that he fantasized about tying her up and cutting her throat, admitting that he was afraid of his own thoughts.
The girl said that, accompanied by her parents, they came with this information to the Bellbrook police, but at that moment she had the feeling that they had not taken her very seriously.
For his part, Chris Baker, the former principal of Bellbrook High School, who resigned this summer, confirmed that the shooter was once suspended for writing a list of ‘targets’ on the bathroom wall.
Another former high school student and cheerleader said, according to Time media, that police once contacted her to tell her that they had found her name on Betts’s list of “targets,” whom she did not know.
“The officer said he 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,” she complained.
Another classmate, Demoy Howell, told the Dayton Daily News that he had participated with Betts in Bellbrook’s Junior ROTC military program and, although he never had a problem with him, he remembers, however, that other classmates felt threatened and uncomfortable in his presence.
“He was always a bit of an oddball,” Howell said. “He had a dark sense of humor — jokes about people dying. He would wear all black. I remember sensing a dark energy around him.”
“I think this is less of a hate crime and more of an ‘I hate everybody’ crime,” Howell said. “I honestly feel more comfortable now knowing that he’s gone,” he added.
Betts, 24, opened fire with a 223 caliber rifle on Sunday morning in a crowded area of Dayton bars, killing nine people, including his own 22-year-old sister, Megan, and wounding 27 others.
The alleged killer was shot by police less than a minute after he started shooting.