Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

The grandmother of 18-year-old Joshua Alexander O'Connor discovered his journal on Tuesday morning and found it contained alarming entries pointing to plans to carry out mass shootings at his high school and also found an AR-15 in a guitar case. She also indicated that her 18-year-old grandson Joshua Alexander O'Connor had been storing a rifle in a guitar case after reading about it in the journal.

Officers met with O'Connor's grandmother and were "alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices", according to the statement from police.

The court records state that his own school, ACES Alternative High in Everett, Washington, "won" the toss.

"I am preparing myself for the school shooting".

Detectives, serving a search warrant on February 13, reportedly found an AK-47 and inert grenades in the 18-year-old's bedroom.

He went on to say that he wanted the death count at his school to be "as high as possible", and went on to go into detail about constructing pressure cooker bombs, deploying explosives, and activating inert grenades. "And that's exactly what she did", Mukilteo School District spokesperson Andy Muntz praised the grandmother.

"I need to make this count", the journal reportedly said, CBS News reported. It also said that the teen was reviewing past mass shooting incidents [VIDEO] and learning from the shooters' mistakes. According to his journal, O'Connell had not determined whether he would target his former school, Kamiak High, or ACES, until he flipped a coin and the ACES High School was chosen. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can.

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The report adds that the responding officers then noticed two military-grade grenades in O'Connor's room, after which they left the premises to get a warrant. 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.

Authorities believe that O'Connor committed an armed robbery to fund his plan, according to the newspaper.

The court documents also stated when the police authorities took O'Connor to the South Everett precinct, he pulled out one hand from the hand cuffs and tried to make a run for it.

When officers searched O'Connor's home Tuesday, they found two masks and a rifle that matched the description, police said.

However, public defender Rachel Forde stated the possession of the rifle and grenade shells fell under a legal domain. His bail was set at $5 million.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause on suspicion of attempted murder "due to planning and taking substantial steps toward executing a school shooting", as well as assault, investigators said.

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