Police Thwart Three Potential Mass Shootings Over Two-Day Period

Tristan Scott Wix, Brandon Wagshol, and James Reardon were arrested in connection with unrelated mass shooting plots.

Police thwarted three separate mass shooting plots across the U.S. in just two days, thanks in part to tips from the public.

The three suspects were arrested on Aug. 15 and 16 by law enforcement officers in Ohio, Florida, and Connecticut, USA Today reported.

They are all white males in their twenties, and each of them sent threatening texts or posted online about carrying out mass shootings, police said.

Officers in Norwalk, Connecticut arrested 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol on Aug. 15, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Threat Operations Center received a tip that he was trying to obtain high-capacity rifle magazines from sources outside the state, the Norwalk Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Wagshol expressed his “interest in committing a mass shooting” in a Facebook post, according to investigators.

During a search of his home, officers found multiple rounds of ammunition, two firearms registered to the suspect’s father, tactical equipment, and body armor, USA Today reported.

Wagshol was arrested on four counts of illegal possession of large-capacity magazines, and is being held on $250,000 bond.

“We are thankful for our partnership with the FBI and fantastic teamwork that quickly brought this investigation from a tip to an arrest,” Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said in the department’s post. “I applaud the excellent work of our officers and the FBI agents that assisted and remind people, if they see something, say something.”

On Aug. 16, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies arrested 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, after a citizen reported that Wix had sent multiple text messages discussing his plans to commit a mass shooting, USA Today reported.

"A school is a weak target,” the suspect allegedly wrote. “id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away…I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.”

“But a good 100 kills would be nice,” another text read. “I already have a location [laughing cry face emoji] is that bad?"

He allegedly wrote that he wanted to die and to “have fun doing it,” according to KNXV.

Investigators said that Wix admitted that he is “fascinated with mass shootings,” but that he denied owning any firearms, USA Today reported.

A .22-caliber rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition were ultimately discovered inside his apartment, Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said on Sunday, according to KNXV.

Wix was being held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday on a single count of making written threats to kill, The Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, officers in Ohio arrested 20-year-old James Reardon on Aug. 16, after they received a call from a citizen reporting that Reardon had posted a video claiming responsibility for a shooting at a Jewish community center that hadn’t taken place yet, USA Today reported.

Reardon tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the video, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home the same day that the video was posted, and seized semi-automatic weapons, ammunition, and anti-Sematic items.

Reardon was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on charges of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment, KNXV reported.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Is anyone surprised?

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Actually 30 mass shooters have been arrested since the Dayton/ El Paso shootings, according to CNN.

rds40
rds40

Clowns like you believe these stories. He tried to buy magazines...but didn't own a gun?

Yet 50 shot...8 killed in Chicago with multiple shootings in one incident get buried.

No media agenda here. Now every off center comment is a "mass shooting attempt".

Gues the fbi is attempting to cover their past screwups.

These cases will flounder and get tossed and the media win't say a word.

rds40
rds40

CNN claims everyone with a slingshot is a potential suspect.

How come they never cover events in Chicago...St Louis...Baltimore?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Well the blacks are mostly killing each other, which hasn't changed in decades. This mass shooting, however seems to be a new fad and the FBI has finally decided to start connecting the dots BEFORE the shootings happen. This is a good thing. They are finally using their resources to prevent, rather than investigate.

rds40
rds40

Someone aytempting to buy a magazine...who doesn't own a firearm is a potential mass shooter?

Then anyone starting a car is a potential dwi?

They are over reaching.

Odd that a political fundraiser depicting the killing of a President is ignored as innocent humor.

These are for the liberal medias entertainment.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Let's take a look at the homicide rates in Chicago, shall we...

flybynight
flybynight

"50 shot...8 killed in Chicago" just doesn't fit the lefts political agenda so little or no coverage.

flybynight
flybynight

No,No,No don't us facts, we can't handle facts!!!!!/s

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Hey I'm a Trump supporter like none other, but someone buying a magazine, who doesn't "own" a gun is a sure sign that person possesses a gun and is planning something. the Feds are also cross referencing these suspicious purchases with social media threats. I have no problem with the Feds "over reaching", as opposed to more shootings.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Plus I live in Chicagoland. The only way to fix the shootings there is to declare Marshall Law and search every house in the ghetto.

Macgizzard
Macgizzard

Does anyone really think this isn’t 3 of 30 thousand making comments out there? I have no issue checking them all but the objective is leaning toward major propaganda points. This is an issue of virtue and the removal of it from society over the last 30 years. People simply have no clue or conscience any longer.

Justretired
Justretired

Why isn't anyone talking about the mass shooting in Atlanta recently? 4 young ladies were shot, guess that it doesn't fit the left wing agenda due to it being minority group shooting at each other at a back to college bash.

flybynight
flybynight

*use facts

flybynight
flybynight

Bingo

rds40
rds40

So if they buy a set of car mats they are potentially a drunk driver?

What comments? Express support for strong immigration laws? Who sets the standards? Make a specific threat..fine. Now I see simply liking a post is evidence.

flybynight
flybynight

Or push the whole thing into the lake.🤔

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I don't know where you are getting your info, but I specifically stated "threats". Your comment... "So if they buy a set of car mats they are potentially a drunk driver?" is so stupid I will no longer discuss anything with you.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is the first I heard about it. I guess you're right...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

because you people only bring up urban areas to take away the brunt of these European American terrorists. Otherwise, you don't care. So why should the news care? Even this site doesn't report it.

Justretired
Justretired

That comment make absolutely no sense, and us people? Little racist are we? Your a fine example of a Democrat.

Cops kid
Cops kid

We really need chlorine for the gene-pool !!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

My country that I luv is really messed up I don't know what it will take to fix it but it needs fixing asap I think letting modems hold office in America is most of the problem an that sorry A,,,, bill Clinton is the one who changed the constitution so they could hold office in America

redpill
redpill

They all need to go through serious psychological interviews.