The Latest: Ohio gunman’s ex details mental health struggles
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Ohio shooting (all times local):
An ex-girlfriend of the Ohio gunman who killed nine people says he showed her a video of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on their first date.
Adelia Johnson says in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that Connor Betts often joked about having dark thoughts. She says he told her that he had bipolar disorder and that his talk didn’t scare her because she thought it was a symptom of his mental illness.
Johnson says she met Betts in a college psychology class this year and they dated for a couple of months until May.
She says she doesn’t know what would have caused him to open fire outside a strip of nightclubs in Dayton early Sunday.
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is responding to the mass shooting in Dayton by urging the GOP-led state Legislature to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.
Persuading the Legislature to pass such proposals could be an uphill battle. It has given little consideration this session to those and other gun-safety measures already introduced by Democrats.
DeWine’s Republican predecessor, John Kasich (KAY’-sik), also unsuccessfully pushed for a so-called red flag law on restricting firearms for people considered threats.
DeWine on Tuesday says Ohio needs to do more while balancing people’s rights to own firearms and have due process.
Police say there was nothing in the Dayton shooter’s background to prevent him from buying the firearm used.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump has wanted to visit El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, since he learned of “these tragedies.”
She recounted his visits to grieving communities after mass shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas.
Conway says the president also usually meets with local and federal law enforcement, medical professionals and other emergency responders.
She says “you can expect that he will continue to do that.”
An Ohio lawmaker who took to social media to blame the LGBTQ community, anti-Trump “snowflakes,” legal marijuana and other factors for two mass shootings this weekend is facing pressure to resign, including from the head of her own party.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken called state Rep. Candice Keller’s Sunday Facebook post “shocking and utterly unjustifiable.”
Keller, of Middletown, posted after the attacks that left 31 dead in El Paso and Dayton that liberals would “start the blame game” when blame really belonged elsewhere.
Her lengthy list also included “drag queen advocates,” violent video games and former President Barack Obama. The post was later deleted.
Timken said public servants should bring people together during crisis, not promote divisiveness.
Keller said “establishment Republicans” have never supported her and she won’t resign.
Ohio’s Republican governor says he’ll run through a set of proposals to deal with gun violence and mental health just days after nine people died in the latest mass shooting in the U.S.
Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll go into more detail on Tuesday about what he wants do.
The governor was thrust into the gun debate this week after being met with chants of “Do something!” while he spoke at a vigil in Dayton for the victims who died early Sunday in the shooting outside a strip of nightclubs.
Police have said 24-year-old Connor Betts was wearing a mask and body armor when he opened fire with an AR-15 style gun.
Authorities have said there was nothing in the gunman’s background that would have prevented him buying a weapon.