PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) — A local teenager is under arrest after D.C. police foiled his alleged plot to use an AK-47 to shoot up his ex-girlfriend’s high school in Prince George’s County.
The 17 year-old is being charged as a juvenile, so we can’t name him, but we can share details of his horrifying plot.
Not only did the teenager threaten to commit a mass shooting at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, he planned a series of violent attacks because his ex-girlfriend wouldn’t date him anymore, police said.
“Well, we need to take guns off the street,” said Ethel Briggs of Silver Spring. “If we didn’t have guns so accessible to people, we wouldn’t be hearing these horror stories.”
According to a search warrant obtained by WUSA9, the 17 year-old from D.C. planned to go to his ex-girlfriend’s Greenbelt home and kill their entire family and bring his friends with him to watch.
“It’s really frightening. Because this is our neighborhood and this is where we invest in raising our kids and we’re committed to creating a better community and a safe place so it’s just terrifying,” said Tammy Colandrea of Greenbelt.
He also allegedly threatened to go to his ex-girlfriend’s high school and “shoot it up.” In text messages, he promised to “kill her along with anyone inside the school.” He also vowed to attack her mother’s workplace in New Carrollton and kill his ex’s new boyfriend.
“It’s outrageous,” said Jenny Gayosso of Greenbelt. “You should think that being in school, they should be safe. You wouldn’t think something like that would happen.”
Jenny Gayosso has two children at Roosevelt High School, including daughter Kayla Gayosso.
“That’s other schools, but you never think it’s going to happen to your school. And when it does, that’s just crazy,” said Kayla.
The 17 year-old’s plot was stopped after D.C. police got word of the planned attack. Officers searched his Northeast, Washington home and seized an AK47 assault rifle, 180 rounds of ammunition, marijuana and a fake ID.
“If anybody thinks for one second that the actions of the Gun Recovery Unit there didn’t save countless lives, you’re making a mistake. That’s the stuff they do every day, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
The teenage suspect is facing child pornography charges. He allegedly took video of his ex-girlfriend performing a sex act and posted it on Instagram out of revenge.
The teenager is being held in D.C., awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County. He faces gun charges in D.C. and threat and child pornography charges in Greenbelt.