Katy, TX, United States (4E) – A 19-year-old Katy teen has been accused Tuesday of planning a massacre targeting the town’s school children and posting it in an online chatroom.
According to authorities, Patrick Joseph Hudson was charged with making a terroristic threat.
Local FBI agents reported that they received a tip on October 2 from an individual concerned about Hudson’s postings in an online chatroom.
The tipster from North Carolina said a person in the overclock.net chatroom with the name “SS_Patrick” made threatening comments about starting a shooting rampage at a Katy-area school.
Investigators then obtained eight pages of chat logs from SS_Patrick posts including “what better way to go out with a bang than killing a bunch of little kids,” and “Don’t want to live through the trails [sic] and jaile [sic]…so I off myself in the classroom.”
SS_Patrick threatened to kill school children to emphasize the lack of police presence around schools. He added that he would leave a few alive so they would grow up scarred for life. He also disclosed a plan to live-stream the shooting so that everyone can view his action and asked for information on how to stream from a Go Pro Camera.
FBI agents gained access to the site by creating an account with overclock.net, they read the posts of SS_Patrick and saw a picture with the name Patrick Hudson uploaded on the site.
Investigators said that SS_Patrick admired Jeff Weise, a man who went on a shooting rampage in 2005 killing nine people and who committed suicide afterwards.
FBI agents immediately tracked down the teen to his mother’s house in Katy. Hudson’s mother who was at first uncooperative, ended up helping investigators to set up a meeting at an Office Max in Rosenberg, Texas, where the suspect works.
After meeting with agents who told him what they discovered, Hudson said his postings were all a joke and some was lyrics from a song.
He also agreed to a search of his computer before changing his mind 15 minutes later but investigators had gathered enough evidence to take him into custody.
Hudson’s bail was set at $100,000.
The Katy Independent School District superintendent, in a statement for parents and staff, said that “the school was notified by the FBI that threatening statements were made by an individual in an Internet chat room towards an “elementary school.” While no specific school or district was named, the district was made aware of the situation as the suspect lives in Katy. It was determined that there was no immediate threat to any Katy ISD district campus or facility as the suspect was in the company of FBI agents throughout the day. The individual was later charged and arrested for making a terroristic threat.The purpose of this message is not to alarm you, but to let you know that potential threats are always taken seriously.”