DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP/CNN) — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages. He was just one of three jailed over threats over the weekend.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach sent several text messages stating he wanted to "break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever." The office says that in another message, Wix texted he wanted to reach 100 victims and had decided on a location. It was unclear who Wix was texting or how deputies obtained the information.
Authorities say Wix was arrested Friday at a supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores on a charge of making written threats to kill.
The sheriff’s news release says Wix told detectives he didn’t own firearms but was fascinated with mass shootings. However, authorities said they found weapons.
“He had a rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition," Sheriff Michael Chitwood said. "There’s a lot of carnage could’ve been caused.”
Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Wix.
A tip from the public also led to an arrest in Ohio.
Police say 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon threatened to carry out a shooting at a Jewish Community Center.
He's been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing after authorities say he made an ominous post on his Instagram account, which they say contained anti-Semitic material.
Another arrest occurred in Connecticut, where police said 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol expressed interest on Facebook in committing a mass shooting.
All three of these men had weapons and ammunition.