There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren’t stopped, authorities say

Brandon Wagshol, Tristan Scott Wix, and James Patrick Reardon shown in photos released by local law enforcement agencies.

Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.

All three cases were brought to authorities’ attention thanks to tips from the public.

Here’s what we know about them.

Police say he had the motivation and the ammunition

In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department.

He faces four charges of illegal possession of large capacity magazines, and is being held on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court September 6.

According to the statement, authorities received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines from out of state.

As the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department were investigating the tip, they discovered Wagshol was trying to build his own rifle and had allegedly posted on Facebook about his interest in committing a mass shooting, the statement said. Authorities did not provide details on what the post said.

Authorities executed a search warrant at his home and found multiple weapons, including a handgun, a rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, numerous rounds of ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet and other tactical gear, police said. Some of the weapons were registered to Wagshol’s father, but he had access to them, authorities said.

CNN has reached out to the prosecutor and defense attorney.

He allegedly told his ex ‘A good 100 kills would be nice’

Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Friday after he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of disturbing texts in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. The ex-girlfriend alerted authorities.

In the messages, the 25-year-old said he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “A good 100 kills would be nice,” one message allegedly read. Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff’s office.

“A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever,” another message read, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wix wrote that he wanted to die and “have fun doing it,” authorities said.

Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said on CNN Sunday that authorities had recovered a .22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammo in Wix’s apartment. Wix had initially told investigators he did not own any firearms but that he was fascinated with mass shootings, the sheriff’s office said.

Wix was being held without bond Sunday at the Volusia County Branch Jail. CNN could not immediately determine Sunday whether Wix had an attorney.

He’s accused of threatening a Jewish community center

And in Ohio, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown Jewish community center.

An Instagram account belonging to Reardon shared a video that showed a man firing a gun, New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio told CNN. The post — which was shown to an officer out on an unrelated call — tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, D’Egidio said.

It’s unclear whether the man shooting the gun was Reardon or someone else.

Andy Lipkin, the executive vice-president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, said the post was accompanied by a caption that read, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon” — Seamus being a Gaelic version of Reardon’s name.

The rest of the Instagram account contained anti-Semitic comments, white nationalist content, and images of Reardon or someone else shooting guns, D’Egidio said.

A search warrant was executed and authorities found a cache of weapons and ammunition, D’Egidio told CNN.

Reardon was arrested without incident and booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Saturday on one count of telecommunications harassment and one count of aggravated menacing, according to online jail records. He’s set to be arraigned Monday morning, the police chief said.

It was unclear whether Reardon was represented by an attorney.

37 comments

  • Bob Stevens

    Turns out Brandon Wagshol (green shirt) was arrested for a MEME and trying to buy an out of state “high capacity” magazine. He shared a meme on face book, and basically got red flagged by someone, and they used the mag as an excuse to violate his and his fathers 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendment rights. His post was an anti government tyranny post.
    Yet Antifa who actually commit acts of terror run free. Red Flag is being used to suppress people so no one can speak out against big government and the violation of the constitution and our rights.

  • xixaxxx

    A 2017 report by The Nation Institute and Center for Investigative Reporting looked at the terrorist incidents in the US between 2008 and 2016. It found:
    115 Far right inspired terror incidents. 35% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 29% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 79 deaths.

    63 Islamist inspired terror incidents. 76% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 13% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 90 deaths.

    19 incidents inspired by left-wing ideologies and eco-terrorism). 20% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 10% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 7 deaths.

    Who is the real terrorist threat in America today? The Far Right

    • Bob Stevens

      Exactly, the FBI has a record of setting up real terror events as training, and stopping them at the last minute before they happen.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        You HAVE to be a millennial socialist lefty to bandy the term, “Nazi,” about as if it were some sort of descriptive noun. What the HECK is wrong with people, anymore? From soup to feelings, people are being called, “Nazis,” without anyone truly understanding what a Nazi really was. Learn your frigging history, idiots. The Nazis were SOCIALIST LEFTISTS, for crissakes!!!

  • Bobby Jackson

    Main way to confirm this is not real is it comes from cnn. All corporate media is 100% propaganda. Look into the Smith- Mundt act if you still think what you see on your programming box is legitimate.

  • Bobby Jackson

    And of course this propaganda outlet has to bring up the jews. The jews control the media, the banking system, hollywood, porn industry , the government and pretty much every other industry + we give Israel 10 million dollars a day for absolutley nothing in return. Most jews have nothing to do with this , doesn’t change fact jews run everything. They are trying to pass laws making it illegal to criticize jews. I will be banned from this propaganda outlet for posting this truth.

      • yabbadabbadude

        Yet the Jewish elders happily turned Jesus over to the Romans to be tortured and killed. What’s up with that?

    • Lisa Marshinski

      Actually they’re saying the Chinese own the liberal MSM and are on an all out to get Trump removed. He’s putting a giant wrench in their spoke and they don’t like it. The Chinese own a lot of universities and colleges in this country also.

  • Bobby Jackson

    I don’t believe this for a second. They are trying to condition the public to accept the “taps” act. This is completely fabricated. We are as a society in big trouble, they are coming to disarm the people and nobody I know is going to hand over there weapons.

    • Rusty Knyffe

      About 30 years ago, I was warned about this by my father. He was a retired military officer that also worked Corporate America from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. He was a patriot and a conservative. He warned me that our Rights would be eroded, one at a time. I was appalled that he believed this. Well, he (and, so many others) was spot-on. Our society has become the “If you’re not WITH me, you’re the enemy!” paradigm. Very disturbing.

      • Bobby Jackson

        Absolutely. Some of these weirdos that are constantly commenting on this propaganda site have already given thumbs down. I feel sorry for these dudes. I go months without coming to this site and when I do there are the same 2 or 3 dudes commenting on all the fake news stories. I just shake my head in disbelief. I can’t imagine.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        What I find to be morbidly fascinating about this whole situation is that there is absolutely NO civil discourse, particularly from the far left. Are there liberals with heads on their shoulders? Of course, there are. Are there conservatives with heads on THEIR shoulders? Of course, there are. But, what is getting the most attention are these fringe elements that make up about 2% of the population, and the slant is that we are mandated to choose a side rather than remain neutral and wait for all parties to weigh in. What a mess………..

  • Lisa Marshinski

    I’m interested to see if any of these, being infatuated with the glorifying of murderers by the Communist News Network or their sister station MSNBC, are/were on any psychotropic drugs.

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Y’know, it’s amazing how MUCH one individual can do, isn’t it? Our President is responsible for global warming, mass shootings, Na.zi practices, the racism across the world, and every other grievance against Nature and mankind imaginable. BEFORE he went Republican and was still a Demoncrap, everyone LOVED Donald Trump.

      How is it that Trump has THAT much power, folks? Just…………..how?

      • Bobby Jackson

        He has no power. He is the puppet for the controllers of this world. I think he had good intentions but when he arrived at presidency he immediately realized he doesn’t have any power at all. Its ALL a horse and pony show to keep the sheeple distracted and divided.

  • Matt Berns

    So we’re now arresting people because they tell others they fantasize about hurting others? I’m all for keeping the public safe, but where does it end?

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