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Ex-girlfriend: Ohio shooter had dark thoughts

AP Dayton, Ohio Aug 07, 2019, 01.20 PM (IST)

A man who fatally gunned down nine people outside a Dayton, Ohio, bar had long wrestled with mental illness that manifested itself in a fascination with tragedy, uncontrollable urges to unleash violence and suicidal thoughts so deep he twice put a gun in his mouth, ready to pull the trigger, a former girlfriend said Tuesday. Though her account failed to pinpoint what drove 24-year-old Connor Betts to carry out Sunday's attack, the woman who dated him for a few months earlier this year offered the most detailed portrait yet of a troubled young man obsessed with the darkest of thoughts.