Everett student made 'credible' school shooting threat
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 16, 2018,
Feb 16, 2018, 2:07
Court documents revealed some of the student's journal entries, which police said revealed the student's plan to shoot up his high school.
An 18-year-old Everett high school student was arrested after his grandmother called police to report what she believed to be "upcoming and credible threats" of a school shooting.
His grandmother told officers that her grandson had recently purchased inert grenades, which he discussed making "live" in his journal by filling them with black powder, according to police documents. She later showed his journal to the investigating officers who were "alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School (9700 Holly Dr)", according to an Everett Police Department press release.
Cash from the robbery was supposed to help fund the school shooting, said deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf in court.
Joshua Alexander O'Connor was charged with attempted murder..
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.
Mukilteo School District spokesperson Andy Muntz told the paper, "We are really grateful to the grandmother. 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". I need to make this shooting/bombing infamous. "I'm learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes, so I don't make the same ones".
O'Connor further wrote he decided which school to carry out the shooting at - Kamiak High School, where he used to study, or ACES High School, which he attends now - by "a coin toss". I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can. During a search incident to arrest, officers found marijuana and a knife on his person.
At the police station, O'Connor "managed to pull his hand from one of his cuffs" and "spun away" from an officer, running through a parking lot, according to the court records. Those entries would describe an armed robbery of a convenience store on W. Casino Road that was carried out the previous night.
When officers searched O'Connor's home Tuesday, they found two masks and a rifle that matched the description, police said.
Public defender Rachel Forde noted the gun and the grenade shells were legal to possess. "That couldn't have been easy for her to do".
Everett Police say the writings in an 18-year-old's journal are the words of a would-be killer.
"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", he said in a statement to The Washington Post.