Potential Mass Shooting Thwarted In Fla.
Just weeks after two back to back mass shootings rocked the U.S., authorities in Florida stopped a man who bragged about his plans to carry out a horrific attack of his own.
25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested Friday in the parking lot of a Daytona Beach grocery store. His ex-girlfriend contacted authorities after Wix allegedly sent her alarming text messages, saying he wanted to open fire on a large crowd. He also claimed to already have a target in mind.
After his arrest, Wix told detectives he didn’t have any weapons, but the Volusia County sheriff said that wasn’t the case:
“It was a 22 caliber hunting rifle, and he had 400 rounds of ammunition. So, the mall is right across the street from us. Saturday afternoon walking through the mall with 400 rounds of ammunition just sniping people, by the time police get there, you’re going to have a pretty high body count.”
Florida is no stranger to mass shootings. The state was devastated in 2016 when a gunman killed 49 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Additionally in 2018, 17 students and faculty members were gunned down by a teenager in Parkland.
With Wix now behind bars, authorities are praising his ex-girlfriend for alerting them before he could carry out his plan. “This is how it’s supposed to work,” said Sheriff Mike Chitwood. “If you see something, say something — law enforcement does its job.”
Wix has since been charged with threatening to commit a mass shooting. A judge has ordered him to be held without bond, saying he’s a danger to society.