Middle School Student Arrested for Allegedly Planning to Carry Out Mass Shooting at Two Schools in Napa, California

A student at River Middle School was arrested after police said threats were made toward a classmate and two schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District. (Google Maps)

Police on Monday announced the arrest of a Napa, Calif., middle school student in connection with what they said was a plan to carry out a mass shooting at two schools in the district.

Following reports of the threat, the Napa Police Department on Wednesday searched two homes where the student lived and found evidence they said supported a planned attack, including web and social media searches about previous mass shootings, said Capt. Patrick Manzer, a spokesman for the Napa Police Department.

The 14-year-old student was taken into custody on suspicion of making criminal threats and dissuading a witness, police said in a statement. Authorities said the student threatened to kill a classmate who warned police about the plot.

Police launched an investigation Dec. 31 while students were on winter break. A classmate of the suspect told police the student had spoken about planning a shooting at multiple schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District for some time. Manzer said the student showed investigators text messages between the two as evidence of the threats.

“We haven’t recovered a bunch of bombs and guns,” he said. “He was doing his research and trying to plan it but hadn’t acquired stuff.”

Both students attend River Middle School, which shares a campus with Harvest Middle School. The shooting threats targeted River Middle School and Vintage High School, police said. Neither the suspect nor the student who came forward with the allegations was identified by police because they are minors.

“We believe based on the information collected at this point, this was possibly a tragedy averted and are thankful for the information provided to us,” the Napa Police Department said in a statement.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde