Friend of Dayton mass shooter has central Indiana ties

This undated booking photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff shows Ethan Kollie. (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — After a friend of the Dayton mass shooter was found to have bought ammunition and body armor used in the attack, 13 Investigates took a deeper dive into his history.

There's no evidence that Ethan Kollie knew about the attack Connor Betts was planning to carry out in Dayton. But prosecutors have unsealed charges against Kollie that accuse him of lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol unrelated to the Dayton shooting.

Kollie's LinkedIn page shows he is currently employed as a car salesman in Dayton, but he's not a stranger to central Indiana. Previous listings reveal he worked for Carmel marketing firm Fortitude Marketing Solutions, which moved to Indianapolis and eventually shut down.

Eyewitness News made calls to a number listed for Fortitude Marketing Solutions and it was disconnected.

Kollie now faces charges for buying and storing body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine used in the Dayton attack. Police say Kollie stored the items at his home so Betts' parents would not see them. But investigators were clear that Kollie is not accused of helping to carry out the shooting, and he had no idea how Betts planned to use the items Kollie was holding for him.

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