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School shooting plot uncovered in Rockville, Md.

Andrea Ye, whose preferred name is Alex Ye Montgomery County Department of Police

School shooting plot uncovered in Rockville, Md.

Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old high school student with threatening mass violence for planning a school shooting, according to a Montgomery County Department of Police statement. The charges and arrest followed the Federal Bureau of Investigation notifying the MCPD about a manifesto the suspect authored.

What was in the manifesto? The 129-page document detailed strategies for how to carry out a mass shooting and suggested the suspect would target an elementary school, according to MCPD. The manifesto also suggested that the suspect desired to become famous. Authorities obtained a warrant and conducted further searches that yielded drawings and documents related to threats of mass violence.

What happens next? Authorities will hold a joint press conference on Friday to discuss the situation and provide a more detailed report.

Dig deeper: Read Juliana Chan Erickson’s report in Relations about the shooter who attacked a megachurch in Texas and the mental health struggles that accompanied her to her death.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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