Dayton Shooting: Suspect Kept 'Hit List' and 'Rape List,' Classmates Say

The gunman accused of killing nine people, including his sister, in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was suspended from school for compiling lists of students he wanted to rape and kill, according to former classmates.

Connor Betts, 24, was shot dead by police after opening fire outside a crowded bar at Dayton's Oregon District in the early hours of August 4.

Police said they have not yet been able to establish the motive for the mass shooting. As well as killing his 22-year-old sister Megan Betts, the gunman killed eight others aged between 25 and 57. Assistant Dayton Police Chief Matt Carper said that it is "hard to imagine that there was much discrimination in the shooting," which ended after less than 60 seconds.

Speaking in the wake of the shooting, Betts's former classmates have revealed that there were several warning signs about his behavior, including being suspended from Bellbrook High School for writing a list of people he wanted to kill on a school bathroom wall. He had also previously been suspended after he compiled a list of female students that he wanted to rape.

"There was a kill list and a rape list, and my name was on the rape list," one former female classmate of Betts told the Associated Press.

"The officer said he wouldn't be at school for a while. But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn't give us any warning that he was returning to school."

Chris Baker, the former Bellbrook High School principal, confirmed that Betts was suspended in 2012 for writing a list of people he wanted to kill.

"I would not dispute that information, but I don't want to get involved any more than just making that comment," Baker told Dayton Daily News.

Dayton Police said there was nothing from Betts's background which would have prevented him from purchasing the .223-caliber rifle which he used to commit the attack. Police said his only previous adult crimes were for traffic violations such as speeding and failure to yield.

According to AP, former Bellbrook student Drew Gainey disputed the police's assertions that there was nothing which would have prevented him from legally obtaining a firearm

"There was an incident in high school with this shooter that should have prevented him from ever getting his hands on a weapon. This was a tragedy that was 100% avoidable," he tweeted. Gainey did not respond to requests for clarification about his comment and has since restricted public access to his Twitter account.

"He was always a bit of an oddball," former classmate Demoy Howell added to Dayton Daily News. "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."

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was one of those described their heartache over the latest mass shooting to occur in the U.S. The Dayton attack occurred less around 13 hours after a a suspected white supremacist killed 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

"Dayton has been through more than we ever could have imagined this year," Whaley said in a statement. "In May, 14 tornadoes tore through our community, leaving a long path of destruction. Last night, a mass shooting took nine innocent lives and wounded more than two dozen people.

"We have suffered two tragedies in Dayton this year, but one was avoidable. This same tragedy has been inflicted on our nation 250 times this year alone. When is enough, enough?"

The names of all the Dayton victims have been confirmed by police. They are: Lois L. Oglesby, 27, Megan K. Betts, 22, Saeed Saleh, 38, Derrick R. Fudge, 57, Logan M. Turner, 30, Nicholas P. Cumer, 25, Thomas J. McNichols, 25, Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36, and Monica E. Brickhouse, 39.

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Pairs of shoes are piled behind the Ned Peppers bar belonging to victims of an active shooting that took place in Dayton, Ohio on August 04, 2019. Nine people were killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, police said, adding that the assailant was shot dead by responding officers. MEGAN JELINGER/AFP/Getty