Pasadena, CA, United States (4E) – South Pasadena police have arrested two high school students for planning to kill three teachers and other students of their school.
The arrest was announced Monday after officials of the South Pasadena Unified School District last week tipped off police of the two teenagers’ plan to shoot their targets.
The South Pasadena Police Department (SPPD) obtained search warrants and arrested the 16 and 17-year-old suspects at their respective homes. Their parents were stunned but cooperated with police.
SPPD chief Art Miller told reporters the two teens discussed their plans online based on data gathered from their computers. The suspects had researched the Internet on how to obtain and use automatic weapons, handguns, knives, bulletproof vests and explosives, Miller said.
The tip-off prevented a school massacre, according to SPPD’s Sgt. Brian Solinsky.
Preliminary charges of conspiracy and criminal threats were filed against the shooting plotters. Other charges to be filed are also being considered.
The motive of the suspects was personal, said police Sgt. Robert Bartl.