But the CCTV shows how cops, who are on patrol nearby, run from the opposite direction and shoot him dead on the doorstep of the bar before he gets in.
Betts was white and six of the nine killed were black, but police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely.
Johnson said she and Betts bonded over their mental illnesses: He told her he had bipolar disorder and might also suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. "She was the bright, happy soul and he was the dark, more reserved one". If all of the magazines he had with him were full, which hasn't been confirmed, he would have had a maximum of 250 rounds, said Police Chief Richard Biehl.
Betts' former classmates told CNN that they recalled Betts being removed from the school for at least a year, but that he later returned to Bellbrook High. "It's none of those things", Johnson said.
According to an article in the Dayton Daily News, when the reported hit list was found in 2012, a police investigation was launched.
Another former classmate, who asked not to be identified out of concerns for his privacy, also recalled being summoned to a school administrator's office and being told he was "number one" on the list of students Betts wanted to kill.
Almost all of the victims bear Latino last names, and the suspect is believed to have posted a racist screed to 8chan, an extremist website, before the shooting.
Of those, 12 were passed after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, said the USA Today report.
Dayton Police image of the firearm and ammunition Betts carried with him.
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There is also no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual in Ohio.
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools wouldn't comment and refused to release information about Betts, citing legal protections for student records.
Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday that he was friends with Betts from preschool through their high school graduation. We will do them.
"It's baffling and frightful that somebody who's been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo", she said.
"(I) said, 'Hey. I hear there is this hit list, and you've got my family on there.
Bellbrook police say they weren't aware of any history of violence.
Studies have repeatedly shown that immigrants have a lower level of criminality than those born in the US, both shooting suspects were citizens, and federal officials are investigating anti-immigrant bias as a potential motive in the Texas massacre.
But she said they connected over mental health issues, as she suffered from anxiety and depression, and were part of a group known as "the emo kids".
She said she did go to a shooting range with Betts and that he sometimes discussed guns but wasn't aware he owned any.
"Why I say confusing is that he retweets support for gun control after the El Paso shooting, Griffin added".