Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Authorities arrested a Washington state student suspected in a school shooting plot after his grandmother showed officers plans for an attack.

18-year-old Joshua Alexander O'Connor was arrested on attempted murder and other charges at ACES High School on February 13, 2018.

Earlier, his 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. I've been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings).

"I'm preparing myself for the school shooting", O'Connor reportedly wrote in the journal, according to the Daily Herald. "My aim has gotten much more accurate.I can't wait to walk into that class and blow all those [expletive] s away". I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can.

When detectives searcher the grandmother's home, they also found "military styled inert grenades and other evidentiary items". A knife and marijuana were allegedly found on his person.

Meanwhile, Andy Muntz, spokesman for the Mukilteo School District, released a public statement thanking the grandmother for her assistance in stopping the incident from happening.

"It really speaks to the importance of if you see something or hear something to notify the authorities". That's what she did. He added that she had potentially saved many lives, including her grandson's.

With the information, officers contacted ACES High School to advise them of the threat and arrested the grandson at the school.

Documents: Student in school shooting plot: 'I need to get the biggest fatality number'

According to court documents, the 18-year-old, who The Seattle Times is not naming because he has not been formally charged with a crime, wrote about shooting up his school, making pressure bombs, filling inert grenades with "black powder" and hiding a rifle in his guitar case.

O'Connor's bail was set at $5million.

Police say his own grandmother turned him in after discovering the journal and a semi-automatic rifle hidden in a guitar case.

O'Connor also wrote about a Monday night armed robbery at a convenience store, according to authorities.

Court documents revealed some of the student's journal entries, which police said revealed the student's plan to shoot up his high school.

O'Connor was arrested at the school and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for the investigation of attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on an officer, and first-degree robbery.

A journal entry alone is usually not enough for someone to face attempted murder charges but police say it's all about what the student did in conjunction with the writings.

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