Just over a year after his relative tragically massacred 19 pupils and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, a cousin of the Uvalde gunman was arrested for reportedly threatening to shoot up a neighboring school.
According to the complaint in his arrest, he planned to “do the same thing” as his cousin and attempted to purchase an AR-15 weapon on Monday. According to the complaint, the 17-year-old, who The Washington Post is not publicly identifying because he is a child, also threatened to kill his sister in the head and told her he would “shoot the school.”
After learning from her daughter that her son had made the threats, the suspect’s mother alerted police on Monday. The boy allegedly threatened to shoot his sister and assault the school while riding in the car with her, stating, “School is starting soon,” according to the sister’s report to police.
According to the affidavit, the adolescent denied making the threats. It was unclear whether he had retained counsel.
According to the complaint, his mother told officers she was especially concerned because the family lives across the street from an elementary school and because the youngster was intoxicated at the time and is on probation.
His sister “feared the suspect would act on his threat to shoot her” and “believed that the threat to the school was credible due to the recent history of his family and the suspect’s knowledge of his cousin’s actions,” according to an affidavit written by a San Antonio Police Department officer.
The youngster is charged with making a terroristic threat to the public, a felony, and a terroristic threat to his family/household, a misdemeanor.
His cousin, who was 18 at the time of the Robb Elementary School shooting, was slain by police at the school. Law enforcement officers had to wait 77 minutes to approach him, which many have blamed on the former chief of the school district’s small police department in the year following the massacre.
A Washington Post investigation in May discovered that at least seven officers — all of whom were still working by the same agency as of this spring — were delayed when it became evident that the students and teachers inside the school were still in danger. As victims of the gunshot lost blood, the medical response was chaotic, with helicopter and ambulance delays.
Since the Uvalde shooting, Texas has had several mass shootings. In May, eight people were killed in a mass shooting at an outlet mall in a Dallas suburb. A guy was charged in April with fatally shooting five neighbors, including a 9-year-old, using an AR-style weapon.
According to the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University database, at least 159 people have perished in 32 mass killings in the United States this year. According to the Washington Post, mass ki!!ing occurs when four or more individuals, not including the shooter, are killed by gunshots.
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