Early in the morning on Sunday, a gunman wearing body armor opened fire on a crowd in Dayton, Ohio, killing 9 were and injuring 27 in under a minute, before cops arrived on the scene and took down the assailant.
This was the second American mass shooting in 24 hours since the El Paso Walmart shooting on Friday.
Since then, the gunman has been identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts.
Although mainstream media has zeroed in and focused heavily on the “white supremacist” motivations of the El Paso shooter, and many Democrat presidential hopefuls like Beto O’Rourke have even blamed Trump for the shooting in Texas, less attention has been paid to the motivations of the Ohio shooter.
See, a confirmed Twitter account, suspended since the shooting, has revealed details about Connor Betts that the left may not like.
Betts went by the Twitter handle @iamthespookster who’s bio read “he/him/ anime fan/ metalhead/ leftist/ i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.”
Here’s a screenshot of Betts’s Twitter profile:
A response tweet about Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris also revealed that the shooter was a suppoter of Warren:
Betts also seemed to be a proud socialist:
Further tweets reveal Betts's Democrat affiliation.
Like this one where he calls for people to "vote blue:"
And this one where he said the outcome of the 2016 election was "bad:"
Man, this sure puts a damper in the liberal blame-Trump-for-everything rhetoric.
Heavy.com independently identified and verified that the Twitter account @iamthespookster was indeed Connor Betts's.
Ryan Saavedra pointed out additional more evidence that Betts was a leftist:
Other Twitter users also pointed out the Ohio shooter's political affiliation:
Here's more about the Ohio shooter from Heavy:
Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described “leftist,” who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential election results, and added, “I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.”
Betts’ Twitter profile read, “he/him / anime fan / metalhead / leftist / i’m going to hell and i’m not coming back.” One tweet on his page read, “Off to Midnight Mass. At least the songs are good. #athiestsonchristmas.” The page handle? I am the spookster. On one selfie, he included the hashtags, “#selfie4satan #HailSatan @SatanTweeting.” On the date of Republican Sen. John McCain’s death, he wrote, “F*ck John McCain.” He also liked tweets referencing the El Paso mass shooting in the hours before Dayton.
Twitter has now suspendedthe Twitter page, removing it. It was up for several hours after the mass shooting.
On Nov. 2, 2018, he wrote: “Vote blue for gods sake.”
“This is America: Guns on every corner, guns in every house, no freedom but that to kill,” he wrote in December 2018. And, “’Tis! The pistol is a Beretta 93R, called the REK7 in BO4. Do love me some guns!” He also wrote, “Hammer, brick, gun.” On Feb. 14, 2018, he tweeted this at Sen. Rob Portman: “@robportman hey rob. How much did they pay you to look the other way? 17 kids are dead. If not now, when?” That was the date of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.
That’s all according to his Twitter page, which was reviewed by Heavy. The Twitter page gives the first public glimpse into the shooter’s politics, and what he wrote stands pretty much in polar opposite to accused El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius, whose own social media accounts indicated support for President Donald Trump and anti-immigrant measures, such as the border wall. You can read about Crusius’s pages here. (The Greene County Board of Elections lists Betts’party as “Dem.”)
Based on the tweets he "liked," the Dayton shooter seemed to be following the coverage of the El Paso shooter closely.
— JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) August 5, 2019
Authorities now say that Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio, donned body armor and a mask before shooting and killing 9 people outside a Dayton bar, including his own sister. At least 27 people were injured. Police say the motive is unclear. You can read tributes to the victims here.
Heavy confirmed the Twitter page through multiple verification factors, including a matching tattoo on both a page selfie and prominent news outlets’ pictures of Connor Betts; several family linkages to the page; similar photos, including of him and the family dog, on the page and family members’ verified accounts, including its name; and references to college and growing up in Ohio and Dayton.
Breitbart also had the following to add:
Heavy.com reported: “Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described ‘leftist,’ who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential election results, and added, ‘I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.’”
The Washington Times published a similar report, and Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra tweeted what he said were screenshots of retweets from the account:
The suspect promoted tweets that used Ocasio-Cortez's "concentration camp" rhetoric pic.twitter.com/DliAtSWf9j
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 5, 2019
The Ohio shooting came just hours after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 and wounding 26. That shooter was reportedly a white supremacist whose motives for the shooting were specifically racist.
Though a manifesto reportedly linked to the El Paso shooter claimed he was not influenced by Trump, the mainstream media and the Democrat presidential field spent Saturday evening and Sunday blaming Trump for inspiring the violence.
It is not clear whether the Ohio shooter’s political views motivated him to commit the mass shooting. He was reportedly killed by police a minute after he opened fire. His sister was reportedly among the dead.