The school shooting never took place because a woman read her grandson’s journal and called the police.
The day before the Florida school shooting, another one was entirely prevented in Washington state because a grandmother practiced the slogan, “See something; say something.” Her son had detailed in his journal how he planned to commit mass homicide and how he had studied previous shooters to learn from them and avoid their mistakes.
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports, “Grandmother Stops Another School Shooting Day Before Florida Massacre.”
According to police in Everett, Washington, the grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor called 911 after finding disturbing journal entries that described how the 18-year-old was planning to attack his high school.[…]
The grandmother’s act of heroism took place nearly 24 hours before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz brought an AR-15 rifle into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 and injuring more than a dozen on Feb. 14.
Here are more details from Herald.net:
“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting,” he had written in the journal. “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.”
O’Connor wrote that he wanted the death count to be as high as possible so that the shooting would be infamous, according to court papers. He went into detail about building pressure-cooker bombs, activating inert grenades and deploying explosives for maximum casualties.
“I need to make this count,” O’Connor reportedly wrote. “I’ve been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings) I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes.”
To her shock, the grandmother found a semiautomatic rifle in O’Connor’s guitar case. She did not know he had a rifle. She called police at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday.
The grandmother showed officers excerpts from the journal. The teen had written about flipping a coin to choose if he would target Kamiak High School or ACES, the alternative school he transferred to in October. His school was picked in the coin flip.
Another entry described an armed robbery of a convenience store. Police believe it was a holdup from 10 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of W Casino Road. Security cameras showed two masked robbers entered the store. One pointed what the cashier thought was an AK-47 rifle, although part of the gun was covered by a sweatshirt, according to court papers.
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