A pair of Florida center university students were being billed with plotting a mass taking pictures at their college — and had been researching the lethal 1999 Columbine Large School shootings for guidance, regulation enforcement officials explained.
The two 14-12 months-olds also appeared up bomb-building web sites and sought to get their palms on weapons, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno claimed at a press briefing aired by WFTX-Television.
But a idea to a instructor foiled their alleged plot.
“I’m certain that my workforce of dedicated deputies and detectives acted correctly, investigated carefully, and prevented a extremely violent and dangerous act from becoming carried out,” Marceno stated at a press briefing on Wednesday.
“This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we stopped them in the arranging phases,” the sheriff explained. “We were one particular 2nd absent from another Columbine.”
Marceno reported the situation unfolded when a instructor at the Harns Marsh Center University in Lehigh Acres acquired a tip that just one of the pupils experienced a gun in his backpack.
Authorities did not come across a gun — but reported the scholar had a map of the university that thorough exactly where all of the stability cameras were located.
“During the investigation, detectives recognized two students involved in a plot to carry out a college capturing,” Marceno said. “Detectives discovered the students took an desire in the Columbine Significant Faculty capturing.
“They were being thoroughly researching to understand more about the incident and the shooters,” he claimed. “Detectives also learned the pupils were being making an attempt to discover how to construct pipe bombs and how to purchase firearms on the black marketplace.”
Search warrants executed at their household houses did uncover a weapon, he explained.
The two students, determined by Marceno as Connor Pruett and Phillip Byrd are charged with conspiracy to commit a mass capturing, the sheriff stated.
He stated the two kids are “well known” to the sheriff’s office and reported deputies have responded to their homes for previous disturbances a merged 80 times.
Both teenagers were requested held for psychiatric analysis.
The 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado by two 12th-grade students left 12 other pupils and one teacher lifeless.
The 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Large College taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, by a one deranged teen remaining 17 individuals useless and 17 wounded.