The mother of the suspect in the school shooting plot had warned the police about him

Joshua Bagemehl.

(Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office)

The 21-year-old Joshua Bagemehl of Sheboygan, Wis., faced with a misdemeanor charges of “terrorist threats” — accused of planning a school shooting. He was arrested just hours after allegedly purchasing an assault rifle.


According to the criminal complaint, the Sheboygan Police received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip on Monday, December 12, that Bagemehl “was planning a school shooting, according to his Facebook messages.”

“This is just scary stuff,” Joe DeCecco, Sheboygan County District Attorney, said.


A Facebook post on December 10, read as follows: “So, I would be buying an AR-15 with a laser red dot (and expletive) semi-automatic .22 caliber. Just waiting on the background check.”

On 11 December, Bagemehl the Facebook post reads as follows: “Someone has to do it with a shooting at a school here in the neighborhood. It would be funny as (expletive).”

Then on December 12th, Bagemehl the Facebook post reads as follows: “My AR-15-style rifle, my 715T Mossberg semi-automatic rifle with 300 rounds with the red dot of the laser sight.” The post was accompanied by two photos of the rifle in the open case. Bagemehl allegedly bought it legally in Gander Mountain.

In a response to one of the items, the complaint says Bagemehl wrote: “Ima live by the gun, by the gun. Ima die possession of a gun.”

“This would have come to fruition, I don’t know, but we’re not taking any chances,” DeCecco said.

The complaint gives the police obtained a search warrant for Bagemehl residence for “firearms, ammunition, and all other electronic devices, such as mobile phones.” Officers executed the search warrant and arrest Bagemehl.

When researchers interviewed Bagemehl, the indictment says, he “spontaneously stated, ‘(expletive) calling me every time I make a gun on Facebook.'” The defendant said that “he does not care what ‘other’ people thought, and that the ‘funny’ if someone has a shooting at a school in Sheboygan.”

When the authorities asked Bagemehl what they can find on his cell phone, he said: “Well, you see videos of ISIS beheadings, explosions. You will see that drive-by shootings,” the complaint says.

The complaint indicates Bagemehl’s mother told the police back in January that “Joshua was schizophrenia and bipolar.”

According to the complaint, Bagemehl told the authorities that he enjoyed watching videos of shootings on schools and watched violent videos when he had the urge to shoot the people, who are now relieved of stress.

There was no answer Tuesday in the house where Bagemehl lives with his mother. Neighbors said they were shocked by the allegations.

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