The FBI and Beavercreek Police Department are investigating the background of gunman Benjamin Charles Jones, who was the suspect in the Walmart shooting in Beavercreek, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio.
The FBI believes that Jones may have been motivated wholly or in part by “racially or ethnically motivated violent” ideologies in the attack that left four people wounded and the suspect dead.
The 20-year-old Jones is thought to have arrived at the Walmart store on Pentagon Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday. He was carrying a Hi-Point .45-caliber carbine long gun, which he began firing immediately.
The victims were identified only as two Black women, a white woman, and a white man; the police are currently withholding their names.
As of Tuesday morning, three of the victims were in stable condition, while the fourth was described as in critical condition but is improving.
Beavercreek Police officers arrived at the scene just three minutes after the shooting started. After another three minutes, they located Jones, who had been killed by an apparent self-inflicted wound.
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FBI is examining background of Walmart Beavercreek shooter for racist motive
The FBI is examining Jones’s background, which involves studying his journal writings, associations, and online connections. They now suspect he may have been influenced by racial ideologies.
A statement from the FBI read, “This investigation remains very active as the FBI thoroughly examines the attacker’s background, motive, connections, and online activity.”
Jones allegedly purchased the weapon used in the shooting at a store in Dayton on Saturday, just two days before the shooting.
The cops are examining the AFT Form 4473 he filled out to determine if he lied to get hold of the firearm.
The ATF and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are also aiding the FBI and Beavercreek PD in the investigation.
First responders praised at Beavercreek Walmart shooting in Ohio
In a statement, Acting Beavercreek Police Chief Chad Lindsey thanked the other law enforcement agencies for their help and praised the city’s first responders. Lindsey also sent prayers to the victims and their families.
Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said, “Tragedy struck our beloved community Monday evening. In the face of adversity, the strength of our community shines through. I extend my deepest gratitude to our first responders, especially the Beavercreek Police Department and Beavercreek Township Fire Department.”
Stone added, “Together, we unite in support and resilience during these challenging moments.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-Call-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.