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Concerned citizen helps stop possible Minn. school massacre

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A woman who noticed suspicious activity at a storage shed in Waseca, MN, called police, leading them to a teenager who was hoarding explosives. (Source: WCCO/CNN) A woman who noticed suspicious activity at a storage shed in Waseca, MN, called police, leading them to a teenager who was hoarding explosives. (Source: WCCO/CNN)

WASECA, MN (CNN/KMGH/WDBJ/News 12 Connecticut/WCCO/KARE) - Disturbing details are emerging about a teenager who police said was plotting a killing spree this week but was caught just in time.

Officials said several deadly events served as inspiration for the 17-year-old suspect: Columbine High School, the Virginia Tech slayings and the heartbreaking loss of young lives at Sandy Hook.

Waseca resident Chelsie Schellhas helped thwart the plot by reporting what she believed to be suspicious activity at a storage facility.

"He shut the door. I thought it looked funny because normally it doesn't take 10 minutes for someone to open a storage shed," Schellhas said. "So that's why I called it in."

The investigation started March 24 when police began discovering explosive devices at an elementary school playground, a place that seemed to be his testing ground.

That led police to the teenager in a locker with bomb-making materials that included pyrotechnic chemicals, steel ball bearings, gun powder and ammunition. Similar materials were also at his home.

They believe the suspect's final blueprint was to target Waseca junior and senior high schools, and he expected SWAT teams to kill him.

"His plan was to kill his family members, start a diversionary fire in rural Waseca to distract first responders and travel to the Waseca junior and senior high school," said Capt. Kris Markeson of the Waseca Police Department. "Once there, he planned to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour, kill the school resource officer as he responded to help, set fires and shoot students and staff."

Officials said he originally wanted to carry out the plan on April 20 to commemorate the massacre at Columbine but didn't because it was Easter Sunday, and school was not in session.

"We can either believe that this is the result of a lucky break, or chose to believe, as I do, that God was looking out for all of us," said Thomas Lee, superintendent of the Waseca School District.

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