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Affidavit: Teen's journal describes 'kill zone,' shooting threat at Newberg HS

Posted: Updated: Mar 16, 2016 04:34 PM
A Newberg High School student is accused of planning a shooting and bombing at the school. A Newberg High School student is accused of planning a shooting and bombing at the school.
A probable cause affidavit states the suspect's journal contained names of intended victims and a list of supplies needed to carry out the shooting. A probable cause affidavit states the suspect's journal contained names of intended victims and a list of supplies needed to carry out the shooting.
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

A 17-year-old Newberg High School student's journal described placing bombs in the school, locking gates and isolating people in a "kill zone" as part of a plan for a mass school shooting, according to court documents.

The teen suspect was arraigned Monday on charges of attempted assault and attempted unlawful use of a weapon. He appeared in court again Wednesday and was ordered to remain in custody at least until his next hearing on March 24. A trial was tentatively set for April 13. 

A probable cause affidavit states the suspect wrote a list in his journal of the items that would be needed for the school shooting, including guns, masks, bombs, knives, chains and locks, as well as "lots of ammo."

The suspect wrote that he wanted to "personally kill at least 100 people" and had a "growing obsession with shooting up my school," the affidavit states.

Investigators said the teen made attempts to obtain weapons, including trying to get into a family member's safe that contained a gun.

Police said the teen took "substantial steps" to try to get a firearm.

The journal had a list of around 20 people that would be targeted, court documents state, and included a handwritten map that outlined where bombs were going to be placed and an area to isolate people described as the "kill zone."

Court documents state the suspect was present when the plan was recorded in his journal by one of four other people who were with him.

No other suspects have been charged at this time, but the case remains under investigation.

The threat was reported to police on March 3 after school counselors received information from concerned students.

Police said officers and Newberg School District administrators worked together to "avoid this potential tragedy."

A probable cause affidavit states the suspect initially planned to carry out the shooting on the last day of school, but after realizing that many students would not be there that day, he decided on a date around the first of May, "so as to insure that the most number of students would still be in school."

Newberg School District administrators said counselors have been available to students and the suspect would not be returning to campus.

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