The man who killed nine people Sunday morning in Dayton’s Oregon District was once kicked out of Bellbrook High School for making a list of girls he wanted to kill, the Dayton Daily News learned in interviews with former classmates and school administrators.
Police said they haven’t yet established a motive for Sunday’s massacre. But acquaintances say the warning signs — signs of the shooter’s unusual obsession with killing and death — cropped up long ago.
“This isn’t a mystery to me,” said one middle school classmate. “I’m furious.”
The classmate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the shooter once said he fantasized about tying her up and slitting her throat. The fetish was so macabre that even the shooter admitted he was scared of his thoughts, the woman recalled him saying.
“He knew it wasn’t normal,” the woman said about the decade-old conversation. “He and I talked at length about him getting help.”
The woman said she and her parents told Bellbrook police about the bizarre admission, but the woman said she felt she wasn’t taken seriously, despite the would-be shooter including her on a hit list.
Bellbrook police haven’t released information about any involvement they might have had with him.
Chris Baker, the former Bellbrook High School principal who resigned this summer, confirmed the shooter was suspended for causing a lockdown by writing a hit list on a bathroom wall.
“I would not dispute that information, but I don’t want to get involved any more than just making that comment,” Baker said.
Sinclair Community College officials said the shooter enrolled there in 2017 and studied psychology, but he wasn’t taking classes this summer.
“We are actively working with law enforcement to provide any and all information we may have to assist them in the response to this horrific act,” said Steve Johnson, the college president.
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