Police Foil Minn. Teen's School Massacre Plot
Minnesota police foiled a teenager's plot to kill his family and launch a massacre at his high school. Now, 17-year-old John LaDue from rural Waseca is being held in custody.
A neighbor tipped off the police when they saw LaDue entering a storage unit filled with deadly supplies. When police arrived to the scene, they found explosives, guns, ammunition and other items consistent with bomb making.
"During his interview with officers, LaDue revealed his plan was to kill his family members, start a diversionary fire in rural Waseca to distract first responders, and travel to the Waseca Junior/Senior High School," Capt. Kris Marteson, with the Waseca Police Department, said.
LaDue laid out his violent plans in a 180-page notebook filled with notes on school shootings and massacres.
In the notebook, he idolized and critiqued other school shootings and promised one even bigger.
He wrote that he was going to "take out as many students he could," at the cafeteria during lunch hour.
He was planning on setting off pressure-cooker bombs and Molotov bombs after shooting the school resource officer. Then he was going to gun down fellow students.
Police said he also wrote that he was also planning to be gunned down by a SWAT team.
LaDue had practiced setting off bombs at a nearby elementary school playground while preparing for his attack.
Officials say the teen was "fully prepared and ready to go" if the police hadn't stopped him when they did.
They said the town narrowly avoided what could have been a horrific experience.