Presumed Dayton gunman in Ohio, who killed nine people before being shot down this weekend by the police, was interested in violent ideologies, but he was not the only one. The investigation has not yet established a link with its passage to the act, announced Tuesday, August 6, an FBI agent.
"We have found evidence that the shooter was studying violent ideologies"said federal agent Todd Wickerham to the press. He added that the investigators were still trying to explain his passage to the act.
Armed with an assault rifle, Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white man, opened fire around 1 am on Sunday in a night-time district of Dayton. Shot by a police patrol less than a minute after the start of the shooting, he had time to fire 41 times, killing nine people, including six Afro-Americans, and injuring 14 people. others by bullet.
The shootout occurred 13 hours after another mass murder at a Walmart supermarket in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people lost their lives. The alleged gunman, Patrick Crusius, has surrendered himself to the authorities, who regard his action as a case of domestic terrorism.
Investigation of "domestic terrorism" in California
The FBI also announced on Tuesday that it is now applying the same classification to the shooting that left four dead, including the alleged gunman, on July 28 in Gilroy, California. The investigators had indicated until then that they did not know what led Santino William Legan to open fire on the participants of a garlic fair.
The discovery of a list of targets on an electronic device has led federal agents to retain the qualification of an act of domestic terrorism, the special agent said. John Bennett, head of the FBI office in San Francisco.
In addition to the Gilroy garlic fair, this list also included religious institutions and political organizations affiliated with both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
"The shooter seemed to be of interest for different violent ideologies opposed to each other", he said at a press conference.