18-year-old arrested for allegedly planning mass shooting at Cashmere High School
WENATCHEE, Wash. — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 18-year-old Gerardo Tovar-Medina, of Wenatchee, for allegedly researching and planning a mass shooting at Cashmere High School.
On February 22nd, school staff alerted the Cashmere School District Resource Officer, Deputy Mutch, to an online post threatening the safety of the high school. The post, believed to have been made by Tovar-Medina, was made as a comment on someone else’s YouTube channel which said “I was planning on shooting up the school.”
The sheriff’s office says Tovar-Medina never attended Cashmere High School, but did attend another school in the district several years ago.
When the comment was discovered, all Cashmere schools were placed on a lockout.
When Tovar-Medina heard about his comment being reported to law enforcement, the sheriff’s office says he called Cashmere High School. He was transferred to Deputy Mutch who stayed on the phone with him while directing deputies to his residence in Wenatchee.
Deputies detained and interviewed Tovar-Medina, who they say admitted to posting the comment on YouTube but said his intent was “only to scare them.”
Detectives served a search warrant at Tovar-Medina’s home and found several drawings and notes indicating he had done research on past mass shootings. According to a release from the Chelan County Sheriff, there were “also indications Mr. Tovar was planning or had a desire to commit a mass shooting at Cashmere High School.”
Tovar-Medina was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Threats to Bomb or Injure Property.
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