Grandma calls 911 to report grandson’s school shooting plans
EVERETT, Wash. — An alert grandmother’s actions might have stopped another tragic situation like the one that played out in Florida yesterday from happening in Everett, Washington.
Court documents show the grandmother called 911 when she found a semi-automatic rifle in her 18-year-old grandson’s guitar case, along with detailed plans in his journal to shoot people at ACES High School, an alternative school where he attends.
He was arrested before any harm was done, but the investigation has found disturbing evidence of the plan.
It appears the teen researched mass shootings and bombings, and used a coin flip to pick his school as the intended target, over nearby Kamiak High School.
In his journal, court documents show several disturbing entries including one that said in part, “I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. 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.”
In another, he wrote, “I need to make this shooting/bombing … infamous. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can. I need to make this count. … I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes, so I don’t make the same ones,” according to the case file.
His grandmother said that he had recently bought grenades and wrote about making bombs.
“We don’t know what the end result may have been or may not have been, but i think that the steps that were taken were the appropriate steps,” said Aaron Snell with the Everett Police Department.
In court, an attorney representing the 18-year-old has argued the journal entries were simply a way for him to vent.
Police have so far not been able to conclusively find the teen was going to carry out the shooting.
Prosecutors have until the end of this week to decide whether or not to file charges against him.
Regardless, investigators are saying his grandmother calling 9-1-1 was absolutely the right thing to do.
Information from sister station KOMO News, article found here.
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