Teen bomb plot foiled by 911 call -- Minnesota officials
Friday, May 02, 2014 - 01:26
May 2 - Minnesota authorities say they've foiled a teenager's plot to kill his family and bomb a local school after being tipped off by a 911 call reporting ''suspicious behavior.'' Gavino Garay reports.
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Minnesota authorities say 17-year-old John David LaDue was planning to kill his family and then bomb a high school and middle school in the town of Waseca.
His plan was foiled by 911 caller Chelsie Shellhas, who reported "suspicious behavior" outside a storage unit on Tuesday.
(SOUNDBITE) 911-CALLER CHELSIE SHELLHAS SAYING:
"He just went in there and shut the door and I thought it looked funny cuz normally we see people come here, it doesn't take 10 minutes to open up a storage shed."
Here, authorities discovered a pressure cooker, steel ball barrings and gun powder inside the unit.
Waseca Police Captain Kris Markeson.
(SOUNDBITE) CAPT. KRIS MARKESON WASECA POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYING:
"During his interview with officers, Ladue revealed his plan was to kill his family members, start a diversionary fire in rural Waseca to distract first responders and travel to the Waseca Junior and Senior High School...Once there he planned to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour, kill the school resource officer as he responded to help set fires and shoot students and staff."
Waseca Public Schools Superintendent Tom Lee.
(SOUNDBITE) WASECA SUPERINTENDENT TOM LEE SAYING:
"Concurrently we are grateful for the person who called the police for what they believed to be suspicious behavior."
LaDue has been charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder.
He's been sent to a juvenile detention center and is due back in court on May 12.
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