A 17-year-old student has been arrested and accused of planning an ISIS-inspired mass shooting spree at a North Texas mall.
Federal investigators told NBC 5 News that Matin Azizi-Yarand, a student at Plano West High School, was planning to attack Stonebriar Centre in Frisco later this month. He was arrested on campus on Tuesday. The district notified parents by email Wednesday.
According to his arrest warrant affidavit obtained by NBC News 5, the teen sent more than $1,400 to others to buy weapons and tactical gear. He allegedly wrote a plan to spread his “Message to America” to explain the reason for his attack.
Dallas News reports that the teen had planned for his attack to happen during Ramadan to limit the number of Muslim casualties. Ramadan is Islam's holiest month and includes prayers, fasting from dawn to dusk and nightly feasts. This year's observance begins May 15.
Wednesday afternoon NBC 5 spoke with Azizi-Yarand's father, Reza Azizi, who said he had "no clue" what his son was planning and described his son as a "good kid" and a "good student."
“We are fortunate that the brave men and women of local and federal law enforcement work around the clock to prevent acts of terrorism and mass shootings,” said Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. “I’d like to thank the FBI’s North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Frisco and Plano Police Departments for their efforts in this case and their vigilance in protecting the citizens of Collin County.”
Attorneys with the U.S. Attorney's Office said though Azizi-Yarand is a juvenile under federal law, the state of Texas considers a person 17-years-old an adult.