18-year-old Alex Ye, who is biologically female but identifies as male and formerly known as Andrea, has been arrested in Rockville, Maryland, for allegedly planning a mass shooting at Wootton High School and Lakewood Elementary School.

The arrest came after authorities discovered a 129-page document, dubbed a “memoir,” authored by Ye, detailing plans for carrying out mass shootings at the schools. Ye reportedly expressed a desire to become “famous from this event,” according to reports from ABC News.

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Alarming excerpts from the document revealed Ye’s purported intentions, including plans to use an AR-15 rifle to inflict maximum harm on students and teachers. The writings also detailed thoughts of using bombs and targeting an elementary school due to “easier targets.”

“I want to shoot up a school. I’ve been preparing for months. The gun is an AR-15. This gun is going to change lives tomorrow … As I walk through the hallways, I cherry pick the classrooms that are the easiest targets. I need to figure out how to sneak the gun in. I have contemplated making bombs. The instructions to make them are surprisingly available online. I have also considered shooting up my former elementary school because little kids make easier targets. High school’s the best target; I’m the most familiar with the layout. I pace around my room like an evil mastermind. I’ve put so much effort into this. My ultimate goal would be to set the world record for the most amount of kills in a shooting. If I have time, I’ll try to decapitate my victims with a knife to turn the injuries into deaths.” – Andrea Ye

Alex Ye
Andrea Ye, 18 | Image Credit: Montgomery County Department of Police

Furthermore, chat records allegedly showed Ye discussing thoughts of carrying out the shootings with another individual, expressing a disturbing desire to cause mass casualties.

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Notably, the witness who shared the document with authorities believed that the content mirrored real-life experiences of Ye, rather than being a work of fiction. This led to an alert being raised, initiating the investigation that culminated in the arrest of Ye on charges of threatening mass violence.

Additional findings by law enforcement indicated concerning online activities, including internet searches related to firearms and disturbing social media posts. Despite these troubling discoveries, there is no allegation that Ye had possession of any firearms at the time of arrest.

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The Montgomery County school district addressed the situation, emphasizing the seriousness of the charges and the ongoing police investigation. Meanwhile, Ye, who has not entered a plea, remains in custody pending a bond hearing at the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

This high-profile case, jointly investigated by the Montgomery County police and the FBI, has sparked widespread concern and drawn attention to the issue of school safety in the community.

As the legal proceedings unfold, this distressing incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance in preventing potential acts of violence and the critical need to address mental health challenges affecting individuals, especially within school environments.

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