Three potential mass shootings prevented by tips from publicPosted: Updated:
Three potential mass shootings were prevented in communities across the nation this past week, thanks, in part, to tips from the public.
In Florida, authorities say a man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, of Daytona Beach, sent several text messages stating he wanted to "break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever." The office says that in another message, Wix texted he wanted to reach 100 victims and had decided on a location. It was unclear who Wix was texting or how deputies obtained the information.
Authorities say Wix was arrested Friday at a supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores on a charge of making written threats to kill. The sheriff's news release says Wix told detectives he didn't own firearms, but was fascinated with mass shootings.
A tip from the public also led to an arrest in Ohio.
Police say 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon threatened to carry out a shooting at a Jewish community center.
He's been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing after authorities say he made an ominous post on his Instagram account, which they say contained anti-Semitic material.
Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at Reardon's home
Reardon made his ideological leanings clear in a National Geographic documentary about the now infamous 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. "I want a homeland for white people and I think every race should have a homeland for their own race."
Another arrest was made in Connecticut, where police say 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook.
Wagshol was charged Thursday with illegal possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. Police say they received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large-capacity rifle magazines from out of state.
Officials allege Wagshol was attempting to build a rifle with parts bought online.
Authorities say they seized firearms, body armor and other items from Wagshol's home. They say the firearms are registered to his father.
Wagshol was held on $250,000 bail.
AP wires were used in this report