A would-be mass shooter’s plan to kill a large number of people was stopped before it began after his ex-girlfriend alerted police to numerous text messages where he stated, “a good 100 kills would be nice.” Tristan Scott Wix was arrested Friday and charged with making a threat to commit a mass shooting.
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The Volusia County Sheriff Department in Florida arrested the 25-year-old in a Winn Dixie parking lot. According to authorities, Wix was “fascinated” by mass shootings but claimed he did not own any firearms at the time of his arrest.
After obtaining a warrant for his apartment, authorities found a hunting rifle with about 400 rounds of ammunition, the Daily Mail reported.
In a string of text messages, Wix allegedly wrote how “A school is a weak target,” and that he wanted to break the record for the “longest confirmed kill ever.” According to NBC News, Wix also stated he wanted to die but “have fun doing it.”
Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who spoke at a press conference following Wix’s arrest, described the man as “psychotic.”
“When you look at this kid’s background, he is the profile of a shooter. He lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, he’s depressed, he’s got the ammunition, and he wants to become known for being the most prolific killer in American history.”
When interviewed by police, detectives stated Wix would often refer to himself in the third person.
Bodycam footage from arresting officers showed Wix startled by officers surrounding him with guns drawn. “Is this because of an unpaid debt?” Wix asked after police as he was placed in handcuffs.
“There are people in our communities who are motivated to be killers,” Sheriff Chitwood said. “All of these threats have to be vetted. There is no such thing in today’s day and age as: “I was just joking.” … You wouldn’t just stand up on a flight from here to Chicago and say “hijack” and expect nothing to happen. Why would you post [a threat] on social media? … You just don’t do that. You’re going to get locked up.”
Wix is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.