Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 10:03 am •  Published: August 19, 2014
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SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

The boys, who were trying to get weapons, had been under constant surveillance since the school district informed police of their plans last Thursday, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said Monday.

He would not elaborate on the plans or what form they took, but Solinsky said they were "very specific" and included named targets. The boys' names haven't been released. Police planned a news conference Tuesday to provide more information.

"This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior," Solinsky said in a statement. "It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy."

Police found evidence the boys were looking for information on submachine guns, rifles, bombs and other explosives, especially propane.

"They were researching weapons and how to fire and assemble them," police Sgt. Robert Bartl told the Pasadena Star-News.

Enough evidence was gathered to serve warrants at the boys' homes Monday.

Police had to break into one boy's house as he resisted and they took him into custody as he tried to run, Solinsky said.

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