Aces High School student arrested for planning school shooting

Feb 14, 2018

Officers from the Everett Police Department arrested an 18-year-old Aces High School student yesterday after it was discovered by the student's grandmother that he was planning a school shooting.

The grandmother quickly notified the police of her grandson's plans.

According to a press release from the Everett Police Department, the grandmother told officers that her grandson stored a rifle in a guitar case.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit responded to the grandmother’s house where they served a search warrant to seize a journal, rifle, military styled inert grenades, and other items.

As officers reviewed copies of his journal, they were alarmed at his statements and detailed plans to shoot students and to also use homemade explosives at ACES.

Entries from his journal showed the teen frequently thought about the shooting and wanted it to be "infamous.”

"I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can," he said. "I need to make this count. 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."

The teen also wrote he had flipped a coin to choose whether he would target,ACES or Kamiak High School.

With the information they found, officers contacted ACES and advised them of the threat and arrested the student at the school.

During the arrest, officers found he was carrying a knife, and was in possession of marijuana.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause for attempted murder due to planning and taking substantial steps toward executing a school shooting.

"The Mukilteo School District is grateful to the student’s grandmother for doing what she did in informing the police of what she found," Muntz said in the email. "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. The school district is also very grateful to the Everett Police Department for their fine work in preventing what would have been a major tragedy."

 

 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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