Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Officers arrested Joshua Alexander O'Connor at ACES High School on attempted murder and other charges, The Daily Herald reported.

An 18-year-old student was arrested after a journal was found detailing plans to shoot his classmates at ACES High School in Everett.

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

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

Mukilteo School District spokesman Andy Muntz said the teen was not on their radar, adding everyone is incredibly grateful for that grandmother's decision to turn the young man in. "That couldn't have been easy for her to do".

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.

Just 24 hours before the Valentine's Day shooting rampage that left 17 adults and high-school students dead in Florida, another potentially horrific mass shooting was thwarted by the concerned grandmother. In this photo, a suspect remains handcuffed after being arrested by Rio's Civil Police during a joint operation at "Cidade de Deus" (City of God) favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 7, 2018. "I can't wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate ..." the teen allegedly wrote in his journal.

The student continues by writing, "I've been thinking a lot, I need to make this shooting bombing at Kamiak infamous. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possible can". He also is said to have written that he had been studying other mass shootings in order to not make the same mistakes as past shooters.

While police are focusing on O'Connor as a single suspect in the high school shooting plot, they are working to locate the second suspect in the convenience store armed robbery, and to ascertain whether that suspect had knowledge of O'Connor's intended shooting plot.

O'Connor attended Kamiak High School in Mukilteo before transferring to ACES this fall, according to K5 News. She was terrified to discover what seemed to be O'Connor's well-laid out plans to carry out the shooting. Another suspect is involved in the robbery as well and police say the student used the same rifle in the store robbery that his grandmother found in the guitar case.

Editor's Update 5:45 PM: Today Everett Police also revealed that during their search of the suspect's home and journal Tuesday night they recovered evidence that the suspect and another unknown male robbed the AM/PM in the 900 block of Casino Road Monday night.

The court documents also stated when the police authorities took O'Connor to the South Everett precinct, he pulled out one hand from the hand cuffs and tried to make a run for it.

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