Grandmother spoils potential school shooting

Joshua O’Connor had detailed plans of shooting and bombing ACES High School
By Brandon Gustafson | Feb 15, 2018

Officers from the Everett Police Department arrested Joshua O’Connor, an 18-year-old ACES High School student on Tuesday, Feb. 13 after his grandmother discovered he was planning a school shooting at ACES.

According to court documents, O’Connor’s grandmother found a journal with detailed plans of a school shooting, as well as a semiautomatic rifle hidden in a guitar case.

She did not know O’Connor had a rifle and was shocked at the details in the journal, so she quickly notified the police of her grandson's plans.

Excerpts from the journal included O’Connor saying, “I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. I can’t wait. My aim has gotten so much more accurate…I can’t wait to blow all those (expletive) away.”

O’Connor also wrote he was hoping to make the incident “infamous.”

“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 possibly can. I need to make this count.”

In his journal, O’Connor said he flipped a coin to decide whether to carry out his plan at ACES High School, or Kamiak High School, and it resulted in him targeting ACES, contrary to the previous journal entry.

According to Mukilteo School District spokesperson Andy Muntz, O’Connor transferred to the Mukilteo School District in August of 2016 and went to Kamiak in the 2016-2017 school year. He didn’t show up for classes at the beginning of the current school year and was withdrawn from classes and transferred to ACES.

O’Connor also wrote he had reviewed previous mass shootings and bombings and was “learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes, so I won’t make the same ones.

O’Connor’s grandmother told police her grandson recently purchased two inert grenades and had wrote in his journal he planned to fill them with black powder to make them live.

He also wrote about making pressure cooker bombs and where he would place his explosives at ACES.

Officers then went to ACES and arrested O’Connor for probable cause.

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

As Everett Police Department officers transported him to their precinct on SE Everett Mall Way, O’Connor slipped out of one of his cuffs and ran across the parking lot before falling to the ground.

When the officer approached O’Connor, he was “mule kicked” in the leg and stomach before detaining O’Connor once again.

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