Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

Aaron Brown
February 16, 2018

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.

The suspect's grandmother called 911 at approximately 9:30 am local time on Tuesday, having discovered "upcoming and credible" threats that her 18-year old grandson was planning to shoot students at his high school in Everett, Washington. "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".

He also expressed his desire to kill as many people as possible so his massacre would capture the public's attention. I can make this shooting/bombing at Kamiak infamous.

"I need to make this count", O'Connor reportedly continued.

"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".

In addition to the journal, investigators found a rifle inside a guitar case as well as grenades.

Police responded to the woman's address and interviewed her in a preliminary investigation, as well as took a quick look in her grandson's room.

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According to probable cause documents, the journal contained statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at the school.

When detectives searcher the grandmother's home, they also found "military styled inert grenades and other evidentiary items". His written plans in the journals consisted of constructing pressure-cooker bombs, using explosives and activating inert grenades for the maximum number of casualties, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. A search of O'Connor's room also revealed that he was involved in the two-person armed robbery of a nearby convenience store Monday, prosecutors allege. In the journal, he related how powerful he felt as he held the cashier at gunpoint. He reportedly used the same rifle found in the guitar case during the robbery. There is video of the suspect allegedly holding a rifle wrapped in a coat during the robbery.

Police later arrested O'Connor at the school.

The man is facing an additional assault charge for allegedly kicking one of the arresting officers after slipping out of his handcuffs at the police station.

On Wednesday, school officials praised O'Connor's grandmother for acting quickly to prevent the likely tragedy. Adding that neither the grandmother nor the teenager had been (or would be) named, Muntz said, "It speaks to the importance of the saying, 'if you hear something or see something, call authorities, ' and that's what she did".

Spokesman for the Mukilteo School District Andy Muntz said that O'Connor had not been suspected by the district of any wrong behavior and that the district was grateful to his grandmother for turning him in, USA Today reported.

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