August 18, 2019 – In Breaking News – CNN
Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.
All three cases were brought to authorities’ attention thanks to tips from the public.
Here’s what we know about them.
Police say he had the motivation and the ammunition
In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department.
He faces four charges of illegal possession of large capacity magazines, and is being held on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court September 6.
(Brandon Wagshol, 22 of Norwalk, was arrested after he posted online about his interest in committing a mass shooting. Courtesy of WFSB 3 and YouTube. Posted on Aug 15, 2019.)
According to the statement, authorities received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines from out of state.
As the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department were investigating the tip, they discovered Wagshol was trying to build his own rifle and had allegedly posted on Facebook about his interest in committing a mass shooting, the statement said.
Authorities did not provide details on what the post said.
Authorities executed a search warrant at his home and found multiple weapons, including a handgun, a rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, numerous rounds of ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet and other tactical gear, police said.
Some of the weapons were registered to Wagshol’s father, but he had access to them, authorities said.
CNN has reached out to the prosecutor and defense attorney.
He allegedly told his ex ‘A good 100 kills would be nice’
Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Friday after he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of disturbing texts in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.
(Volusia County deputies said they arrested Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach after he threatened a mass shooting. Courtesy of 10News WTSP and YouTube. Posted on Aug 17, 2019.)
The ex-girlfriend alerted authorities.
In the messages, the 25-year-old said he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
“A good 100 kills would be nice,” one message allegedly read.
Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff’s office.
(James Reardon, Jr., 20, is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges against a Jewish community center in Ohio. Courtesy of WKBN27 and YouTube. Posted on Aug 17, 2019.)
Continue reading… There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren’t stopped, authorities say
(CBS News chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues joined CBSN to explain what investigators are doing in hopes of preventing future tragedies. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on Aug 6, 2019.)
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