Plano Teen Arrested For Plans To Commit Mass Shooting At Mall
A teenager accused of planning a mass shooting at a Frisco mall inspired by ISIS has been arrested and charged with terrorism.
The Collin County District Attorney's Office says 17-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand of Plano had planned to release a "Message to America" explaining his reasons for the attack.
The teenager discussed his plans for the shooting at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco through online communications with FBI confidential sources, The Dallas Morning News reports. Communication began in December 2017.
Authorities say he spent more than $1,400 buying weapons and tactical gear, and had been trying to recruit others to help him in the shooting planned for this month.
Azizi-Yarand is charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat.
He is being held Wednesday at the Collin County jail on a $3 million bond. Online jail records don't indicate that he has an attorney.
He faces life in prison on the criminal solicitation charge alone.
The case was investigated by the Plano and Frisco police departments and the FBI. It will be prosecuted by the Collin County District Attorney's Office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.