Sunday, December 16, 2012

The same day as Connecticut gun rampage, Oklahoma student was caught plotting mass shooting: police

By Jonathan Lemire / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 2:16 PM

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	Sammie Eaglebear Chavez

Sammie Eaglebear Chavez is accused of plotting a mass shooting in his Bartlesville, Okla. high school. He was arrested Friday, the same day 20 children were murdered in Newton, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Hours after the bloodshed at a Connecticut school, police stopped what would have been a second mass school-shooting on Friday, arresting an Oklahoma teenager plotting to kill dozens of his classmates.

Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18, told friends at Bartlesville High School that he wanted to lure their schoolmates and teachers to the gym and then open fire, according to officials.

He also claimed to have explosives he planned to detonate once police arrived.

A classmate overheard Chavez scheming on Thursday and cops arrested him early Friday before

he could carry out his plan. A judge in the small city of Bartlesville, which lies about an hour north of Tulsa, ordered that Chavez be held on $1 million bail.

Investigators believe Chavez owned a Colt .45 handgun and had been researching how to obtain explosives and higher-powered firearms. He also frequently discussed the 1999 shootings at Columbine High school.

The motive for the plot was not immediately known. Investigators do not suspect the scheme was linked to or inspired by the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead.

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