Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Student suspected in Washington state school shooting plot

Student suspected in Washington state school shooting plot

A teenage student has been arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting after his grandmother showed officers his pressure cooker bomb plans.

Everett police say they arrested an 18-year-old student they believe was planning to shoot people at his high school. According to the Seattle Times, the grandmother called 911 and relayed what authorities later described as "upcoming and credible threats" to ACES High School.

According to Everett Police Department in Washington, the grandmother contacted them on Tuesday morning and showed officers excerpts of the journal, which "detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School".

Cash from the robbery was supposed to help fund the school shooting, said deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf in court.

After obtaining a warrant, a search at the grandmother's house where O'Connor lived revealed the journal, a rifle, "military styled inert grenades and other evidentiary items". O'Connor assaulted an officer, kicking him as he tried to flee.

Spokesman for the Mukilteo School District Andy Muntz said that O'Connor had not been suspected by the district of any wrong behavior and that the district was grateful to his grandmother for turning him in, USA Today reported. "I can't wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate, I can't wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletive) away".

"I need to make this count", O'Connor reportedly wrote, according to the Daily Herald. He also is said to have written that he had been studying other mass shootings in order to not make the same mistakes as past shooters.

He also reportedly wrote that he wanted to get "the biggest fatality number I possibly can", CBS reported.

Probable cause documents also said the journal "contains a "coin flip" that he did to decide whether his target would be Kamiak High School or ACES High School, then wrote about how ACES won the flip and would be his target".

After reading the journal, the grandmother discovered a rifle stashed in the teen's guitar case. When he was arrested, a knife and marijuana were found on his person.

However, according to public defender Rachel Forde, the rifle and grenade shells found in O'Connor's possession fell under a legal domain. Aside from the journal, investigators also found evidence of weapons stockpiling in the teenager's home, as well as indications that he had been involved in a recent armed robbery at a local convenience store. His bail was set at $5 million. It couldn't have been easy for her to do.

"Her actions may have saved many lives and underscores the importance that if you see or hear of something suspicious, you need to notify authorities", he said in a statement to The Washington Post.

Everett Police say the writings in an 18-year-old's journal are the words of a would-be killer.

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