Grandmother foils suspected Washington state school shooting plot

6a88a4870229431cbe9f9748afa0ee1e Suspect In Custody After 17 Killed In Shooting At High School In Florida

While a Florida community mourns those killed and injured in the latest school shooting, neighbors call an Everett grandmother a hero after she called police Tuesday to report her grandson may have been plotting a shooting at his school.

His entries included details about making pressure-cooker bombs, activating inert grenades and deploying explosives for maximum casualties, court papers said.

Editor's Update 1:20 PM: An Everett District Court Judge has found probable cause to hold an 18-year-old high school student in jail on probable cause for attempted aggravated murder and assault 3rd degree.

O'Connor allegedly wrote in the journal, "I'm preparing myself for the school shooting". I can't wait to walk into class and blow all those (expletives) away...

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

Police say officers were alarmed by the statements and detailed plans in the student's journal.

"I can't wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate".

"I've been thinking a lot ..."

He allegedly repeatedly wrote: 'I need to make this count.

Everett Police detectives make arrest of 18-year-old in school shooting plot. I need to make this count.

The student attended Kamiak High School a year ago before transferring to ACES Alternative School this fall. "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".

Detectives serving a search warrant at the grandmother's house seized items including the student's journal, a rifle found inside a guitar case, and inert grenades. She was terrified to discover what seemed to be O'Connor's well-laid out plans to carry out the shooting. Aside from the journal, investigators also found evidence of weapons stockpiling in the teenager's home, as well as indications that he had been involved in a recent armed robbery at a local convenience store. Police said he was carrying a knife and marijuana.

She also told the authorities she was unaware O'Connor had a rifle. As he ran, with an officer in pursuit, he fell to the ground and then "mule-kicked" the officer in the thighs and lower torso, police said.

In court Wednesday, public defender Rachel Forde noted the gun and the grenade shells were legal to possess. The "musings and ventings" in the journal do not support an attempted murder charge, she added, according to the newspaper.



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