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Prosecutors: Dayton Shooter's Friend Bought Body Armor, Gun Accessories Used In Deadly Attack

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NBC News

Dayton Shooter's Friend Bought Body Armor, Gun Accessories Used In Deadly Attack, Prosecutors Say

By Pete Williams and David K. Li

A longtime friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts allegedly bought the body armor, 100-round magazine and a firearm accessory used in the deadly attack that killed nine people, officials said Monday.

Ethan Kollie, 24, of the Dayton suburb of Kettering, was charged with two offenses, not connected to the Aug. 4 massacre — falsely denying that he was a drug user when buying a handgun for himself in May, and then possession of a firearm while unlawfully using drugs.

But Kollie's weapons played no role in the mass shooting, investigators said. And authorities also emphasized that Kollie appeared to play no part in the planning of Betts' mass shooting in the early morning of Aug. 4.

"To be clear, there is no evidence and allegation in this criminal complaint that Kollie intentionally participated in the planning of Betts' Aug. 4 shooting," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman for the Southern District of Ohio said. "I don't want that to be misconstrued."

Court documents said Kollie bought the equipment and kept them in his apartment "to assist Betts in hiding them from Betts' parents."

In addition to the body armor and magazine, Kollie also purchased for Betts an "upper receiver of the AR-15 weapon," according to a criminal complaint. An upper receiver creates a pathway for the cartridge to move efficiently from the magazine to the weapon's barrel.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/friend-dayton-shooter-charged-buying-body-armor-gun-accessories-used-n1041546