A Washington state grandma foiled an alleged school shooting plot by calling police on February 13 to inform them she was concerned her grandson planned on shooting fellow students.
The grandmother was tipped off via “disturbing entries” her grandson, 18-year-old Joshua Alexander O’Connor, had added to his journal. Her concerns increased over the fact that O’Connor allegedly kept a rifle in his guitar case.
CBS DFW reports that police in Everett, Washington, went to the grandmother’s house, searched O’Connor’s room, and “found an AK-47 and inert grenades.”
A statement from the City of Everett Police says “officers reviewed copies of the journal…[and] were alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School.” They alerted the school then drove to it and arrested O’Connor. He was charged with “attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on an officer, and first-degree robbery.”
The Daily Herald published a portion of one of O’Connor’s alleged journal entries, which said, “I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletives) away.”
Mukilteo School District’s Andy Muntz said, “Our main thing right now is gratitude, especially to the grandmother. That couldn’t have been easy for her to do. The Everett police also did a wonderful job. That combination may have saved a lot of lives.”
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