Minnesota teen arrested in school massacre plot

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Police have arrested a Minnesota teen after he allegedly plotted to murder his family before bombing his school and shooting any survivors.

John David LaDue, of Waseca, was charged Thursday with four felony counts of first-degree attempted murder, six felony counts of possessing explosive or incendiary devices while under 18 years old, and two felony counts of first-degree attempted damage to property, the Mankato Free Press reported.

According to police, LaDue planned to shoot and kill his mother, father and sister with a .22-caliber rifle. He then planned to start a fire in a rural field to distract first responders before heading over to Waseca Junior and Senior High School, where he would detonate pressure-cooker bombs and Molotov cocktails inside the school’s cafeteria.

LaDue allegedly wanted carry out the attacks on April 20, the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, but he had to postpone his plan because the date fell on Easter Sunday this year and the school was closed.

Police officers found LaDue inside a storage unit where he kept bomb-making materials after a tipster notified police that someone was acting suspiciously at the storage facility.

Equipment found inside the storage unit included boxes of ammunition, a scale, a pressure-cooker box and packaging material for red iron oxide.

LaDue reportedly told the responding officers that he would answer their questions if they could correctly guess what he was doing there. When an officer said it appeared that he was making bombs, LaDue agreed to go to the police station.

Police later searched LaDue’s home, where they found an SKS assault rifle with 400 rounds of ammunition and a Berretta 9-mm handgun with ammunition. They also found bomb-making materials and at least three completed bombs, the Free Press reported.

Inside a 180-page notebook found by police, LaDue detailed his thoughts about other school shootings such as Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, including what he believed the shooters did right or wrong.

Police believe the attack would have happened sometime in the next few weeks. According to LaDue’s plan, he would have ultimately been gunned down by a SWAT team.

LaDue allegedly set off “practice bombs” at local playgrounds and softball fields. Some of those bombs were found in March and raised concerns, the Star Tribune reported.

Waseca Public Schools Superintendent Tom Lee said at a press conference on Thursday that LaDue was known as a shy student, but he earned good grades and did not have any incidents on his school record.

Police believe that LaDue acted alone.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.