Foiled Halifax mass shooting plot “not terrorism,” says police
A group of four individuals are alleged to have been planning a mass shooting targeting civilians in Halifax, Nova Scotia. RCMP Chief said, “I wouldn’t characterize it as a terrorist event. I would classify it as a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens.” The suspects must not be Muslims then. Terrorism is now defined simply as “violence by Muslims.” – Editor
1 suspect dead, 3 in custody, in alleged plot to open fire at public venue, police say
Nova Scotia police say a tip helped them stop a plot to kill a large number of people in Halifax on Saturday.
Police said they took three suspects involved in the alleged plot into custody. Another was found dead in a home in Timberlea, N.S.
“I can tell you that it was a tip, a source from the public that initiated the initial investigation,” said Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer Brian Brennan. “We want people to know we became aware, we acted quickly and intercepted a threat.”
He revealed no more information about the source of the information.
He said a man and woman planned to go to a public venue in the Halifax region on Feb. 14 “with a goal of opening fire to kill citizens, and then themselves.”
Brennan said a tip was received Thursday morning that a 19-year-old man from Timberlea and a 23-year-old woman from Geneva, Ill., had access to firearms and presented a significant weapons-related threat.
Police tracked the 19-year-old down to Tiger Maple Drive in Timberlea, entered the house and found him dead early Friday.The roles of the other male suspects, aged 20 and 17, of Halifax and Cole Harbour respectively, is still to be determined as part of the investigation, police said Friday night.
“We believe we have apprehended all known individuals in this matter and eliminated the threat. We are not seeking any further suspects at this time in relation to this investigation,” Brennan said.
“I wouldn’t characterize it as a terrorist event. I would classify it as a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens.”
He didn’t say what the beliefs were, other than that “they were not culturally based.”
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