Missouri teen accused in school shooting plot had mental hit list, recruited others in plan
April 6, 2011
WINFIELD, Mo. (KMOV) -- A Lincoln County high school student has been charged after allegedly plotting a school shooting.
On Tuesday, the Lincoln County sheriff’s office arrested Winfield High School student Donald G. Walters, 18.
Walters has been charged with first-degree conspiracy assault.
Authorities were called to the high school on Tuesday after a school administrator learned of the possible school shooting plot.
Two high school students told Winfield High School’s resource officer that Walters had tried to recruit them to execute a school shooting.
Both students stated that Walters asked them to make a list of the victims they wanted dead.
During an interview with Lincoln County detectives, Walters said that he didn’t have a physical list of people that he wanted dead, but he did have a long mental list. Walters told them his plan was to run through the halls of the school as fast as he could and shoot as many people as he could. Walters also admitted to researching how to make guns and other types of weapons.
Investigators seized Walters’ computer and sent it to the St. Charles County Cyber Crimes Unit. Authorities there found several images of weapons and YouTube videos about how to build a gun rail and how to shoot guns on Walters’ computer. They also found a letter that said, “I hate everything and everyone, I wanted everyone to die.”
Police say they did not find a gun and they don’t know if the suspect set a date or time for an attack, but police say they have to take any threat seriously.
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