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Continued: Adult charges coming in Waseca plot

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY and NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: May 3, 2014 - 9:23 PM

At the LaDue home, a friend of the family said Friday that John LaDue’s parents, David and Stephanie LaDue, had no comment.

Police declined to offer any new details on the investigation into LaDue’s foiled plan to attack the schools in homage to the Columbine High School shootings 15 years ago.

The criminal complaint said LaDue told police that he originally planned the attack for April 20, the anniversary of the massacre that killed 13 people in Littleton, Colo., in 1999.

But that day was Easter Sunday and there was no school.

It’s unknown how LaDue was able to obtain seven guns. He also had built up a stockpile of bomb-making materials, including chemicals, other materials and 60 pounds of ball bearings that he apparently planned to pack into explosive pressure cookers.

According to the charges filed Thursday, LaDue told police he planned to kill his mother, father and sister, and then create a diversion to keep first responders busy while he went to the school to wreak havoc.

After his arrest Tuesday, LaDue had said he intended to kill “as many students as he could” before being killed by a SWAT team, according to charging documents filed in Waseca County District Court.

Mike Ahlman, general manager of Ahlman’s, a gun shop in nearby Morristown, Minn., said it’s not unusual for local young people to have access to firearms, especially if their families engage in hunting.

“If you are out in a rural area, it’s not unusual to find a kid with a gun cased in their trunk,” Ahlman said.

Trapshooting also is popular with local high school students, he said.

Ahlman said he didn’t find any records of his shop selling a firearm to the LaDues.

Meanwhile, Waseca schools will be open Monday, with counselors available through the week.

“We’re going to try to finish this year as normally as possible,” Lee said, “because that’s what our kids need.”

 

nicole.norfleet@startribune.com 612-673-4495

paul.levy@startribune.com 612-673-4419

 

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