The shootings that occurred at the Beavercreek Walmart on Monday are now believed to have been influenced, at least in part, by Racially Motivated Violent Extremist (RMVE) ideology, according to statements released on Wednesday by both the FBI and Beavercreek police. This conclusion is drawn from evidence, including writings found in the journal of the attacker, identified as Benjamin Charles Jones.
The victims of the attack, which took place around 8:35 p.m. on Monday, include a white female, two Black females, and a white male, according to the police.
Who was Benjamin Jones?
Benjamin Jones, a 20-year-old from Dayton, entered the Walmart and opened fire. When law enforcement arrived, Jones was found on the floor near the store’s vision center, having apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The firearm used by Jones was identified as a Hi-Point .45 caliber carbine, purchased just two days prior to the incident from a store in the Dayton area. The investigators are now scrutinizing Jones’ background to determine the accuracy of his responses on the ATF Form 4473, a federal document required for firearm purchases. Notably, this form includes a question about mental health history and institutionalization, raising concerns based on previous incidents where Fairborn police responded to calls about Jones experiencing suicidal ideation in April and May of 2022.
The “pink-slip” process was initiated during both incidents, leading to Jones being taken to Soin Medical Center. In accordance with federal law, individuals involuntarily committed to a mental institution are prohibited from purchasing firearms.
As investigations continue, the FBI and Beavercreek police are urging the public to provide any relevant information regarding the incident. The motive behind the attack is still under examination, emphasizing the need for a thorough understanding of the factors that contributed to this tragic event. Authorities are committed to unraveling the complexities surrounding the shooter’s background and motivations. A photo of Jones has been released by Beavercreek police as part of their ongoing efforts to gather information.