One day before 17-year-old Nikolas Cruz walked into Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and killed 17 people, an 18-year-old student in Everett, Washington was arrested after his grandmother found plans for a school shooting in his journal.
Earlier, O'Connor's grandmother called 911 and showed responding officers a journal where he allegedly drew up plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at the school, police said.
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. I need to make this shooting/bombing infamous. "I've been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings) I'm learning from past shooters/bombers' mistakes, so I don't make the same ones".
"I'm preparing myself for the school shooting", he allegedly wrote. "I can't wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate ..."
Shocked and alarmed, O'Connor's grandmother found a semiautomatic rifle inside her grandson's guitar case.
According to police, he was remanded to the Snohomish County jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, felony assault, and first-degree robbery. He added that she had potentially saved many lives, including her grandson's.
Prosecutors say it's the same kind of rifle Eric Harris used in the Columbine school shooting almost 20 years ago.
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Police later arrested O'Connor at his school, where he managed to slip a hand out of his handcuffs and attempted to run from officers, kicking one of them in the process. Another entry reportedly detailed an armed robbery at a local convenience store on Monday night which police are investigating. "I know it had to have been really hard for her to do that, to turn in her grandson like that". "In light of what happened in Florida yesterday, her actions demonstrate the importance of telling an authority if you hear or see anything". Detective say he simply flipped a coin to determine which school to target.
A spokesman for the Mukilteo School District, Andy Muntz, commended O'Connor's grandmother on coming forward to report the incident, saying that, "it couldn't have been easy for her to do". Police say he was carrying marijuana and a knife.
Surveillance cameras showed imagery of two masked robbers, one with an AK-47.
Police say his own grandmother turned him in after discovering the journal and a semi-automatic rifle hidden in a guitar case.
In the journal, O'Connor wrote that he felt powerful as he held the cashier at gunpoint.
In court, Joshua O'Connor's (centre) attorney argued his journal entries were simply rants by an angry teenager. According to Forde, the "musings and ventings" in O'Connor's journal is not sufficient evident to support a charge of attempted murder.More news: VA Chief Admits Bad 'Optics' Of His Euro Trip
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