School Attack Involving Guns and Explosives Foiled in Minnesota

Published 05/02 2014 10:40AM

Updated 05/02 2014 10:43AM

(KARE) Prosecutors say police in Waseca, Minnesota likely foiled a planned school massacre when they arrested a teenager in connection with the March discovery of explosive devices on the grounds of a local elementary school.

John David LaDue, 17, is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of possessing explosive devices and and two counts of first-degree criminal damage to property. All the charges reportedly involve a plot to kill his parents, his sister, and then a school liaison officer and as many students as he could.

At a 3:00 p.m. news conference on Thursday Capt. Kris Markeson of the Waseca Police Department told reporters that authorities believe LaDue was acting alone.

A visibly shaken Markeson said he was disturbed by the amount of guns and other material LaDue obtained.

"He intended to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour and kill the school resource officers and set fires and shoot students and staff," Markeson said.

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