School Shooting Plot Thwarted in Northern California
Tuolumne County authorities have arrested four students who planned to shoot up Summerville High School near Yosemite National Park, the Sheriff’s Department said Saturday. The plot, still in the early planning stages, was discovered after concerned school administrators contacted the Sheriff’s Department regarding threats the students had made against other students and faculty. The individuals have since confessed to the crime.
“They were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus,” said Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele. The planning itself was highly detailed, he added, and included the identification of specific targets by name, as well as the methods that would be used during the massacre.
The Summerville attack was foiled on Wednesday—just one day before a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left 10 dead and 9 injured. The Umpqua shooter, 16-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, committed suicide after exchanging gunfire with police.
Read more about the Tuolumne County arrests here.