Law enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old high school student who allegedly plotted a mass shooting terror attack at a mall in Frisco, Texas.
The teen, who authorities say pledged allegiance to ISIS, planned to carry out the attack sometime in May and is believed to have spent approximately $1,400 on "weapons and tactical gear for his attack,” CBS Dallas reported.
Authorities obtained the alleged Islamic terrorist’s manifesto and claim that he also tried to recruit others to help him carry out the attack, which was going to be a mass shooting and would also utilize explosive devices.
“I want to put America in the state that Europe is in, which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets,” the alleged Islamic terrorist said, according to an affidavit. “Something that will cost them a lot financially too.”
The FBI’s case against the alleged Islamic terrorist began last December when he messaged an FBI source on an app and expressed his desire to carry out an attack, saying that he had been reading ISIS instruction manuals for “performing operations and making bombs.”
The teen also told the FBI’s source, “It is not about how many kills, but how much money you will make these countries spend in security just for a simple attack… although having a high number will get their attention.”
The suspect told authorities that he had to wait until he was 18 years old before he could buy the guns he needed to commit the attack, and also mentioned that he had other targets he wanted to hit, including a Hindu temple.
“There is a Hindu temple I want to shoot up,” the teen said, as he reportedly asked for help. “Get some crappy car and ditch it somewhere. Police response time here is really slow.”
Speaking to the FBI's source about the mall attack he wanted to carry out, the teen said, “I’d actually like to make a cop surrender and drop his gun. Then, douse him with gasoline and burn him. Record it.”
The suspect said that he wanted to carry out the attacks because the U.S. is conducting military operations in Islamic countries overseas, saying, "It will never end, we target your people as revenge for ours who were slaughtered."
The alleged Islamic terrorist faces up to life in prison if he is convicted.
His uncle told CBS Dallas that his nephew was not a terrorist and that he had a hard time believing that he could be capable of something so evil given the fact that he "is even afraid of the family’s two cats."
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