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Courtesy WESH 2 News

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) —A Daytona Beach man has been charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting after the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to text messages in which he detailed plans to shoot “as many people as he could” in a large crowd, according to officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Tristan Scott Wix, 25, of Botefuhr Avenue in Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday after sending several text messages, officials said, that allegedly included:

“A school is a weak target… (I’d) 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.”

Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Volusia County Crime Center worked with members of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to track down Wix in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores, officials said.

Wix was taken into custody by Daytona Beach Shores officers and Volusia County sheriff’s detectives transported him to the Volusia Sheriff’s Operations Center for an interview, WESH 2 News has learned.

Wix told detectives he does not own any firearms, but is fascinated with mass shootings.

Sheriff’s detectives were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for Wix’s residence on Friday.

Wix was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he’s being held without bond.

The incident report and arrest affidavit are not available for release at this time.


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