Dayton Shooter’s Friend Facing Federal Gun Charges for Helping Acquire Armor, Parts.

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As the country continues to reel from the recent string of mass shootings, authorities continue their investigations into the attacks. In a startling announcement, Connor Betts, who was responsible for killing nine people, including his sister, had help acquiring the body armor and high-capacity magazine from a friend, according to court documents that were unsealed Monday morning.

Ethan Kollie, a 24-year-old from Ohio, reportedly admitted to purchasing the body armor and the 100-round magazine, as well as other undisclosed weapon parts that were used to carry out the heinous attack in Dayton, Ohio.

Investigators are still trying to determine if Kollie knew about the attack prior to it happening, or if he was simply buying the aforementioned materials and weapon parts with no understanding of what they would be used for, Axios reported.

Kollie stored the weapon parts and body armor at his home to keep Betts’ parents unaware that he had the additional items, according to court documents.

On August 9, the FBI arrested Kollie for lying on an unrelated federal firearms form and for not disclosing that he had a prior drug offense when purchasing a handgun. If convicted, he could face upwards to 15 years in prison.

The handgun Kollie purchased was not used in the mass shooting earlier this month, authorities report, and Kollie has not been charged in connection with that attack at this time.

Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton where he killed nine people and injured 30 more.

Authorities stated Betts, who was killed by law enforcement just steps outside of a bar where hundreds of people hid in fear, could have killed countless others if he had gotten inside the bar.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office stated eight of the victims were shot numerous times. Investigators are still trying to determine what the motive behind the attack was.

Following the attack, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced gun control measures that included requiring background checks for all weapon purchases as well as restricting firearm access to those deemed a threat to society, 10TV reported.