North Texas student arrested for planning 'ISIS-inspired' mass shooting at mall

Matin Azizi Yarand

Matin Azizi Yarand

Under Texas state law, if convicted, Azizi-Yarand faces up to life in prison for criminal solicitation and up to 10 years in prison for making a terroristic threat.

High school student Matin Azizi-Yarand used $1,400 for the purchase of weapons and tactical gear, and had planned to disseminate a "Message to America" to explain the reasons for his attack, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. Authorities said that Azizi-Yarand was also trying to solicit others into joining him on the mass shooting spree, though affidavits suggest that he wanted to be a "lone wolf".

The FBI and the Plano and Frisco police departments investigated this case.

After the confidential source replied "OK", Azizi-Yarand stated that he wanted to wait until he was 18 so that he could buy a rifle himself. In December, he shared a document from Eric Harris - one of the attackers from the 1999 Columbine High School shooting - that contained details on how to build a pipe bomb.

"I want to put America in the state that Europe is in, which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets", Azizi-Yarand said, according to the affidavit.

Frisco and Plano police departments worked with the FBI in investigating Azizi-Yarand, who is charged with making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation o f capital murder.

When the agent asked if he'd given much thought to a target, Azizi-Yarand said he'd thought of different ways to carry out his plans. "School is a ideal place for an attack".

Azizi-Yarand was said to be in contact with an ISIS member, who told him, "guns are simple, just open fire" when the suspect expressed concern about being untrained.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation source, after Azizi-Yarand made his decision, he began studying the mall's layout and had even mapped out the number of security officers who worked there. He also plotted on ways to kill officers stationed at the mall. "The brothers in Europe the brother in Spain the brother in NY?" "I'd like to thank the FBI's North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Frisco and Plano Police Departments for their efforts in this case and their vigilance in protecting the citizens of Collin County".

He is being held Wednesday at the Collin County jail on a $3 million bond.

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