Grandmother turns in teen after finding mass shooting plot one day before Florida massacre

A woman prevented a potential tragedy this week when she reported her 18-year-old grandson to police after learning of his plot to carry out a mass shooting at his high school.

Everett police in Washington state arrested 18-year-old Joshua Alexander O'Connor at ACES High School on Tuesday, on suspicion of attempted murder. The arrest was made after O'Connor's grandmother called 911 and turned in a notebook where he had detailed plans to use homemade explosives and shoot students at his school.

"I need to make this count," O’Connor reportedly wrote in the journal. "I’ve been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings) I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes."

O'Connor also reportedly noted that he wanted the death count to be high so he would be infamous. Court papers also detail that his discovered notebook included instructions about making pressure-cooker bombs and grenades.

"We are really grateful to the grandmother. It couldn’t have been easy for her to do," Mukilteo School District spokesman Andy Muntz said. "It speaks to the importance of the saying, 'if you hear something or see something, call authorities,' and that’s what she did. It's quite possible she saved many lives including her grandson's."

According to Snohomish County Jail records, O'Connor's bail has been set at $5 million.

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April 20, 1999 - Columbine High School 

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Nov. 20, 1999 - Deming Middle School, New Mexico 

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 February 29, 2000 - Buell Elementary School, Michigan 

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May 26, 2000 - Lake Worth Middle School, Florida 

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March 5, 2001 - Santana High School, California 

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April 25, 2003 - Red Lion Area Junior High School, Pennsylvania

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September 24, 2003 - Rocori High School, Minnesota 

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March 21, 2005. Red Lake High School, Minnesota

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November 8, 2005 - Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Tennessee 

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 Aug. 24, 2006 - Essex Elementary School, Vermont

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September 29, 2006 - Weston High School, Wisconsin 

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October 2, 2006 - West Nickel Mines School, Pennsylvania 

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January 5, 2011 - Millard South High School, Nebraska 

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February 27, 2012 - Chardon High School, Ohio

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December 14, 2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut 

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October 21, 2013 - Sparks Middle School, Nevada. 

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December 13, 2013 -  Arapahoe High School, Colorado

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June 10, 2014  - Reynolds High School, Oregon

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October 24, 2014 -  Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Washington

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February 12, 2016 - Independence High School, Arizona 

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September 28, 2016 - Townville Elementary, South Carolina

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April 10, 2017 - North Park Elementary School, California 

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September 13, 2017 - Freeman High School, Washington

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January 23, 2018 - Marshall County High School, Kentucky

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February 14, 2018 - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida

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