Tristan Wix, 25, allegedly sent texts to his ex-girlfriend detailing his plan to kill 100 people in a mass shooting in Dayonta Beach Shores, Florida, last week. He was arrested for the threats on Friday
A Florida man accused of threatening a mass shooting detailed his plan to kill 100 people in a slew of threatening text messages sent to his ex-girlfriend, police say.
Body camera footage shows the moment 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested Friday outside a supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores after his ex, whose name was withheld, showed the alarming messages to authorities.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Wix expressed his desire to ‘break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever’, allegedly writing ‘a good 100 kills would be nice’.
He also wrote that he wanted to die and ‘have fun doing it’.
Investigators said Wix had already decided on a location but did not say what it was. the suspect allegedly told authorities he was fascinated with mass shootings but claimed he didn’t own any firearms.
A hunting rifle with about 400 rounds of ammunition were later discovered at his apartment, according to police.
Wix was one of three men arrested in the last week on charges of threatening a mass shooting in Florida, Connecticut and Ohio just two weeks after the country saw two devastating massacres that left 29 dead in 24 hours.
Body camera footage shows the moment Wix was arrested at gunpoint outside a Winn Dixie supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores on Friday
Wix told police he did not own any firearms but said he was fascinated by mass shootings. His arrest came about 12 hours after he sent the threatening text messages to his ex, deputies said
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described Wix 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,’ Chitwood said.
‘Even in his interview (with detectives), he talked in the third person, never in the first person.’
Chitwood called the unnamed woman who reported the texts a ‘hero’.
In the texts, Wix allegedly wrote that he didn’t want to carry out the shooting at a school, calling it a ‘weak target’.
He said he was ‘more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over three miles away’ without disclosing where he had in mind.
‘A good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location … is that bad?’ Wix wrote, according to detectives.
His texts included multiple laughing and crying emojis.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described 25-year-old Wix as ‘psychotic’
A hunting rifle with about 400 rounds of ammunition were later discovered at Wix’s apartment
Some 12 hours after he made the threats, Wix was arrested Friday outside a Winn-Dixie store at 2200 S Atlantic Ave.
Tristan Scott Wix’s text messages
‘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.’
‘I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away before I die and I need a spotter (laughing cry face emoji)’
‘What you wanna do after the fact, is your own business, if you want to plan to escape we can work on that. But I don’t intend on walking away alive, unless I see it fit.’
‘But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?’
‘Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol. Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world.’
He was handcuffed and frisked by the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety before officers had him lean against the bumper of his Cadillac SUV while they questioned him.
Wix apologized to officers for his ‘reaction’ to being swarmed at gunpoint and asked Detective Meegan Wilmot why he was being arrested.
‘Is this because of an unpaid debt?’ Wix asked.
Wilmot asked whether the suspect had any outstanding warrants, to which he replied: ‘Not that I know of.’
Wix is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a charge of making written threats to commit a mass shooting.
‘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’s Facebook profile contains multiple posts expressing thoughts consistent with white supremacy.
‘I’m seriously getting tired of all these racist remarks towards whites.. I mean hell. I love Mexican and black people but it seems like they hate me for being a white male and like to make assumptions. Not all.. but many. Thank you for your love and support friends from all races. We are humanity,’ he wrote in May 2018.
Also on Friday, a student at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach was arrested after the FBI received a tip about him posting a threatening message online.
Chitwood said Wix’s arrest was not not related to the Seabreeze threat.
Wix is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a charge of making written threats to commit a mass shooting
Another potential shooter was arrested on Thursday in after police say he posted on Facebook saying he wanted to commit a mass shooting and was spotted trying to purchase high capacity magazines.
A citizen contacted the Norwalk Police Department and claimed that 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines from out of state.
He was charged with four counts of illegal possession of large capacity magazines and is currently being held on $250,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on September 6.
When authorities searched Wagshol’s home, they discovered he was trying to build his own rifle and had a stunning arsenal of weapons including a handgun, a rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, multiple rounds of ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet and tactical gear. Some of those weapons were registered to his father, authorities said.
Pictures on his social media show him wearing a ballistic helmet and playing shooting video games.
Cops said he had shared a post expressing an interest in committing a mass shooting, but didn’t reveal the nature of the post.
On Thursday August 15 Connecticut police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol after he posted on Facebook saying he wanted to commit a mass shooting and was spotted trying to purchase high capacity magazines
Photos on Wagshol’s on his social media show him wearing a ballistic helmet and playing shooting video games
Ohio man James Patrick Reardon, 20, was arrested and booked into jail on Saturday for threatening to carry out a shooting at a Jewish community center.
Reardon threatened to shoot up the Jewish community center in Youngstown, located just 65 miles north of Pittsburg where a gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers in a synagogue in October, in a video posted to Instagram.
James Reardon Jr, 20, was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Jewish community center in Ohio
The video was uploaded on the account @ira-seamus and belonged to Reardon. It showed a man firing a gun and tagged the Jewish Comunity Center of Youngstown with the caption ‘Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon’.
Seamus O’Rearedon is the Gaelic version of Reardon’s name.
The video was shown to an officer on an unrelated call and launched an investigation on July 11.
‘With everything going on we wanted to make sure we acted very quickly on this,’ New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said.
When cops raided Reardon’s home on Friday they found multiple semi-automatic weapons, dozens of rounds of ammunition, a gas mask and bulletproof armor, as well as anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.
An investigation revealed he was present at the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and was included in a National Georgraphic documentary on the rally.
A search of his social media found posts filled with racial slurs, derogatory statements about minorities and lots of images showing Reardon or others shooting guns.
‘This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist. With the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we do our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly,’ D’Egidio said.
He was charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing and is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $250,000 bond.
FBI officials found multiple semi-automatic weapons and dozens of rounds of ammunition (pictured) at Reardon’s home in Mahoning County
Reardon posted a video of a man firing a semi-automatic rifle where screams and sirens could be heard in the background, and tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown (pictured) in the post
During the raid on Reardon’s home the FBI discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist material, as well as body armor
Police said Reardon’s social media feed, which has the description, ‘Just a local IRA man trying to live his life’, was filled with racial slurs