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Florida student arrested for threatening to shoot up campus on Snapchat

A failing Florida faculty student who not too long ago bought an computerized rifle was arrested hours after boasting on Snapchat about ‘plotting to shoot up the campus’ on the ultimate day earlier than winter break when two classmates noticed his publish and reported him to campus safety.

John Hagins, 19, a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, posted an image to Snapchat of an computerized weapon with a message ‘This seems to be particular’ and wrote that he needed to ‘enact a Columbine,’ the notorious faculty capturing in Littleton, Colorado, that killed 13 college students in 1999.

The classmates grew to become alarmed and alerted campus safety about Hagins at round 4.10a.m. earlier than police had been despatched to his Daytona Beach condo, about three miles from the campus.

Hagins had a KelTec SUB2000 foldable computerized weapon and 300 rounds of 9-mm. ammunition inside his backpack when cops busted down his condo door hours later on Thursday, police mentioned.

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‘Today is the final day earlier than winter break. Today is the final day. Today is finals. Final exams. So, this was all a part of the plan as a result of right now the campus (would) be packed as a result of all people has to be there to take their last examination, so this was all in his plan,’ mentioned Daytona Beach Police Department Chief Jakari Young.

‘By the Grace of God these two college students got here ahead and thwarted that plan,’ he added.

Daytona Beach Police said it was able to stop John Hagins, 19, from carrying out a mass murder at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Thursday after students told campus police

Daytona Beach Police mentioned it was in a position to cease John Hagins, 19, from finishing up a mass homicide at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Thursday after college students instructed campus police

Hagins posted a picture to Snapchat of the rifle with a message 'This looks special' on Snapchat and writing that he wanted to 'enact a Columbine'

Hagins posted an image to Snapchat of the rifle with a message ‘This seems to be particular’ on Snapchat and writing that he needed to ‘enact a Columbine’  

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A KelTec collapsible rifle and bullet-loaded clips were found in Hagins's apartment about three miles from campus, police said

A KelTec collapsible rifle and bullet-loaded clips had been present in Hagins’s condo about three miles from campus, police mentioned

Hagins had organized to go to Volusia Top Gun, a capturing vary, to observe with the gun earlier than making his means to the college, Young mentioned, earlier than ‘plotting to shoot up the campus.’ 

‘We might have had a tragedy unfold right now. Instead, these college students reported it to the varsity and that allowed us to get to work immediately and produce Hagins into custody earlier than he might perform his plans,’ Young mentioned. 

Hagins, who graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens in 2020, not too long ago purchased the firearm after promoting his automobile to fund the acquisition. 

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Upon his arrest at his condo, Hagins confessed to making the threats however instructed investigators it was all a joke, in accordance to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

‘He might want to declare that it was all a joke and he wasn’t critical about it however we do not discover something humorous about discussing a mass capturing on a campus,’ Young mentioned. ‘If he was wanting for consideration, he is obtained it. I do not suppose he needed the type of consideration that he has however he is obtained it.’

Hagins has been charged with written threats to injure or kill, tried first-degree murder and terrorism, officers mentioned

As of Friday night, he was being held with out bond on the Volusia County jail. 

Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young holding one of the guns belonging to Hagins

The backpack that carried Hagins' firearms and more than 300 rounds of ammunition

Daytona Beach Police mentioned Hagins had deliberate to go to a capturing vary close by to observe with the gun earlier than making his means to the college. The 19-year-old was questioned and arrested by authorities at his condo after they discovered firearms and ammo in his backpack

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced that it had suspended and banned Hagins from its Daytona Beach campus following his arrest on Thursday

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University introduced that it had suspended and banned Hagins from its Daytona Beach campus following his arrest on Thursday

Detectives had been nonetheless figuring out a motive however mentioned Hagins was on tutorial probation and had been cited for a site visitors infraction the day prior to this. 

Hagins was majoring in aeronautical science, in accordance to the college. Since 2020, he was licensed to fly single-engine plane FAA data present. 

The college added in an announcement that Haggins had been suspended and banned from campus. 

In a letter to college students, Embry-Riddle University President P. Barry Butler wrote, ‘Law enforcement officers, Campus Safety and our college students did an distinctive job right now and helped preserve our neighborhood secure, and we’re of their debt.’ 

‘It was an admittedly horrifying occasion, however our safety methods labored and we’re all secure. There isn’t any purpose to consider that there’s any extra risk to the campus neighborhood at the moment.’ 

The stunning plot comes after a mass capturing in Michigan on Nov. 30 left 4 college students on the Oxford High School in suburban Detroit lifeless.

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