On Tuesday, Everett police arrested 18-year-old Joshua Alexander O'Connor after his grandmother turned over plans she found suggesting he meant to carry out a mass shooting at his #High School.
Joshua Alexander O'Connor was arrested by police in Everett, 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, on attempted murder and other charges at ACES High School, The Daily Herald reports.
Editor's Update 10:35 AM: According to Probable cause documents written by Everett Police to outline the reasons for their arrest of the 18-year-old they say the suspect wrote in his journal that he "flipped a coin" on whether to conduct a mass shooting at Kamiak or Aces High and that Aces High won the coin flip. "I need to make this count", he wrote, according to court documents. "I can't wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletive) away" The teen decided to make a plot against his own school after flipping a coin between that and another school, according to the court file.
According to a document of probable cause submitted by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the grandmother rang up the police, alarmed after reading the pages of the journal.
"Our main thing right now is gratitude, especially to the grandmother", Andy Muntz of the Mukilteo School District said. It couldn't have been easy for her to do. "It could well have saved many, many lives including her grandson's life", said Muntz.
Authorities say that O'Connor's grandmother discovered a journal belonging to her grandson detailing plans to use a homemade explosive and to shoot students at the high school.
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One day before 17 people were killed in a Florida school shooting, a grandmother helped to stop another massacre in Washington state. My aim has gotten much more accurate ... "I need to get the biggest fatality number I possible can". "I would also argue that the robbery itself is a substantial step in an effort to raise funds", added one of the prosecutors. "I'm learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes, so I don't make the same ones", he continued.
According to court documents, O'Connor allegedly wrote he wanted the death count to be as high as possible so that the shooting would be infamous. She also found a semiautomatic rifle hidden in his guitar case. She was terrified to discover what seemed to be O'Connor's well-laid out plans to carry out the shooting. "I know it had to have been really hard for her to do that, to turn in her grandson like that".
Detectives, serving a search warrant on February 13, reportedly found an AK-47 and inert grenades in the 18-year-old's bedroom.
Another entry allegedly described an armed robbery of a convenience store that police believe O'Connor participated in Monday night.
Police said once the suspect was at the Everett Police Department South Precinct, he managed to get one of his hands out of the handcuffs and then ran across the parking lot. He fell on a strip of bark and then "mule-kicked" the officer that came after him, police say.