John David LaDue, 17, laid out his plans in an extensive journal
and amassed bomb-making materials including gun powder and ball
bearings as well as firearms and ammunition, Waseca, Minnesota
"We believe that LaDue planned to carry out his attack within the
next few weeks," Waseca Police Captain Kris Markeson told a news
LaDue's journal had references to school shootings such as that at
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where two students
killed 13 people and themselves in 1999, a criminal complaint said.
He idolized one of the Columbine gunmen and critiqued what he
thought they had done right or wrong during their attack, it said.
LaDue told police he had wanted to carry out his attack on April 20,
the 15th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, but could not
because it was Easter Sunday, the complaint said.
The plot was thwarted when someone called police Tuesday night after
seeing a suspicious person carrying a backpack enter a storage unit
and close the door behind him in Waseca, a town about 65 miles south
of Minneapolis, Markeson said.
Police encountered LaDue and saw bomb-making materials at the unit,
Markeson said. Police searched the unit and at his family's house
found firearms, ammunition, prepared bombs and the papers
documenting his plans, Markeson said.
He was charged as a juvenile with four counts of attempted first
degree murder, two counts of first degree attempted criminal damage
to property and six counts of possession of an explosive or
incendiary device by a person under age 18.
LaDue remains in custody and was identified because of the severity
of the charges and because he is over age 16.
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He had planned to kill his family, set a fire in rural Waseca to
distract authorities and then head to the building that houses
Waseca's junior and senior high schools, with more than 900
students, Markeson said.
Based on LaDue's account to police and his journal, he planned to
set off numerous bombs during lunch, kill a school resource officer
as he responded to help, then set fires and shoot students and staff
before being killed by law enforcement officers, Markeson said.
Markeson said the investigation would take several more weeks.
(Reporting by David Bailey; editing by Sharon Bernstein and Cynthia Osterman)
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