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May 2, 2014

Police say Minn. teen planned to kill family, bomb school

WASECA, Minn. — A 17-year old student is accused of organizing an elaborate plot to murder his family and attack his school sometime in the next two weeks in an effort to kill as many students as he could, according to police.

John David LaDue of Waseca, Minn., was charged Thursday with four felony counts of first-degree attempted murder, six felony counts of possessing explosive or incendiary devices while under 18 years old and two felony counts of first-degree attempted damage to property.

According to a 180-page notebook obtained from LaDue's bedroom by police, he laid out all the details of his plot to assault the high school with pressure-cooker bombs, Molotov cocktails and deadly firearms.

The notebook outlined LaDue's thoughts about the Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook school shootings, police said. He idolized the Columbine shooters, critiquing what they had done right or wrong in their own attack.

He planned to carry out his school attack on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, but his plan was disrupted by the anniversary falling on Easter Sunday this year, police said.

Police found a massive cache of firearms, bomb-making material and at least three completed bombs when they raided LaDue's home. The Bloomington Bomb Squad destroyed the completed bombs at the Waseca Municipal Airport.

Police claim that bomb squad officers said it was the largest amount of bomb-making material they had ever seen in their job. The bomb squad serves the entire state.

During a press conference Thursday, Waseca Police Capt. Kris Markeson said both the high school and the Hartley Elementary School, where remnants of an explosive device were found in March, had been swept and cleared of any bombs.

Markeson said the Waseca police investigation provided no evidence anyone else was involved in LaDue's plot nor any details from his journal noting coordination with other individuals.

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