MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A detective investigating the high school shooting in Washington state that left five teens dead says in court papers that the young shooter's texts turned dark the week before he opened fire, with references to his funeral and the message: "Bang bang I'm dead."
Moments before Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot his fellow students Oct. 24 in the Marysville Pilchuck High School cafeteria, he texted more than a dozen relatives, describing what he wanted to wear at his funeral and who should get his personal possessions, the detective's search warrant affidavit says.
The boy asked relatives to apologize to the families of his friends "who get caught up in the (expletive) tomorrow" — referring to the day after the shooting. He also sent texts in the previous days to a female friend talking about his death and funeral.
The popular teen fatally shot four friends he had invited to lunch and wounded a fifth teen before killing himself.
The victims are Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. All were shot in the head. Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the jaw and is recovering. Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are the shooter's cousins.
Investigators have found no evidence to support a rumor that students had expressed concerns about Jaylen Fryberg to school authorities before the shooting, police spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Wednesday.
The Daily Herald of Everett (http://is.gd/fJGSqB ) obtained the Everett police detective's affidavit, which provided details of the boy's last text messages, but not their full contents. The detective had been seeking a judge's permission to examine the boy's cellphone. Multiple agencies are investigating the shooting and are sifting through hundreds of text messages and social media posts.
While the boy had publicly posted some angry messages on social media starting in late July, his posts otherwise were "pretty normal," the detective wrote. The change began Oct. 18.
Detectives learned that he had been upset by something that happened between him and a 15-year-old identified in the affidavit only by her initials and described as a "close friend."
Investigators know what happened between the two but decided against including specifics in the search warrant documents to protect her identity, court papers said.
On Oct. 18, Fryberg texted: "Ohk (sic) well don't bother coming to my funeral." The girl stopped responding and ignored other text messages. On Oct. 22, the boy texted: "I set the date. Hopefully you regret not talking to me," ''You have no idea what I'm talking about. But you will" and "Bang bang I'm dead." When the friend asked Fryberg to stop, he replied: "No. You don't care. I don't care."
When she stopped responding, Fryberg tried to reach her through another friend. The morning of Oct. 24, Fryberg used Facebook to send that friend a picture of a gun sitting between his legs, court papers said. He told the friend to have the girl "call me before I do this."
That message was sent minutes before the shooting started.
The detective met with two of Fryberg's uncles the day of the shooting, the Daily Herald reported. One man said he and 13 other relatives received a text from the boy minutes before the gunfire. The message was titled: "My Funeral (expletive)."
Detectives later searched the boy's room.
"My hope was that we could find a note or something that would help explain what happened," the detective wrote. "Nothing of evidentiary value was located in Jaylen's room."
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy is to be executed next month.
The Georgia attorney general's office said in a news release Robert Wayne Holsey is to be executed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.
A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey in the December 1995 slaying of Baldwin County sheriff's deputy Will Robinson.
Prosecutors said Holsey robbed a Milledgeville convenience store and the clerk immediately called police with a description of Holsey and his car. Minutes later, Robinson stopped a red Ford Probe at a motel. Prosecutors say Holsey shot Robinson as the deputy approached his car. Robinson died of a head wound.
An order filed in Morgan County Superior Court Thursday set a seven-day execution window beginning Dec. 9 and ending Dec. 16.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney shot three people at the school's library early Thursday before being killed by police, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
The official said the shooter was Myron May, who also graduated from Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.
The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m., with the sound of about half a dozen gunshots sending hundreds of students who had been up all night studying for exams scrambling for cover in the book aisles and barricading themselves in with desks amid screams from classmates.
"I ran for my life," said Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, who was on the library's first floor. "I ran right out the backdoor. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don't think about anything else, you just go."
Two people are hospitalized, one in critical condition and one in good condition, and one was released.
May's Facebook page shows he posted mostly Bible verses and links to conspiracy theories about the government reading people's minds.
Abigail Taunton, who runs a foster home in the Florida Panhandle, told AP that May was staying at a guest house she owns.
"He's just a boy our kids grew up with that we let stay in one of our guest houses for a while," she said. "He's moving back home from Texas and we were trying to help him get on his feet."
Records show May was licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. Taunton said he was planning to take the Florida bar exam in February.
"We're just all astounded. We had no idea that he would do something like this," Taunton said. "Obviously, he was not in his right mind."
She said she had known him since he was about 13 or 14 and that he ran cross country with her kids and stayed at her house a lot. She said he lived with his grandmother after coming out of a "bad situation" with his parents.
"He was having some financial issues and moved back home and decided he'd come back to Florida to work," she said. "My heart's broken. In a million years I wouldn't have thought he'd do something like this. He was struggling, having decided that what he was doing out there was not good. He had some issues and just decided he'd come home."
Police and FSU officials called the shooting an "isolated incident," but have not released many details, including how far May made it into Strozier Library. FSU's campus is located less than a mile from downtown Tallahassee and the state Capitol.
"This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library," FSU Police Chief David Perry said.
The shooting prompted a campus alert that urged students to take shelter and stay away from doors and windows.
Sarah Evans, a senior from Miami, said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg.
Tallahassee and Florida State University police confronted the gunman just outside the library that sits in the middle of the campus and ordered him to drop his handgun, but he fired a shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.
Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of May, who was lying face down at the top of a ramp just outside the library. A baseball cap lay nearby.
FSU canceled classes Thursday but said they would resume Friday. The library was also to reopen Friday.
Florida State President John Thrasher, who took office earlier this month, was in New York City at the time of the shooting but has returned to campus.
Gov. Rick Scott had been in South Florida for a meeting with other Republican governors. He returned to Tallahassee where he met with Thrasher.
"The police investigation will answer many of the questions we are asking today, but just like any tragedy the ultimate question of why, we'll never have an answer that satisfies those who loved ones have been injured," Scott said.
Associated Press writer Jeff McMurray in Chicago contributed to this report.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury looking into a deadly Florida jail explosion says there isn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges.
Two inmates were killed and nearly 200 inmates were injured in the April 30 blast at the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola. It followed a torrential rain storm that flooded much of Florida's Panhandle.
In a report released by the State Attorney's Office on Thursday, grand jurors commended guards and the Escambia Sheriff's staff for their work during the explosion and flooding.
Jurors noted that a spark from an unknown source ignited natural gas and caused the explosion.
The grand jury made a number of recommendations for the county to consider as it builds a new jail.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new blast of lake-effect snow roared through western New York with thunder and lightning on Thursday, raising to nearly 6 feet the three-day total in parts of the Buffalo area.
But even as it strained roofs and stalled daily life, the snow wasn't the only worry. Forecasters warned a rapid weekend warmup and rain could turn all that snow into floods.
"It's a force of nature, a massive force of nature," Deputy Erie County Commissioner Richard Tobe said during a Thursday morning briefing, where he announced an eight storm-related death. "We're prepared, but the storm is gigantic and persistent."
Even for Buffalo, a place that typically shrugs at snow, this was a stunning snowfall — the kind of onslaught folks will be telling their grandchildren about.
Those living in the Buffalo area were already buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, and they awoke to the threat of 1 to 3 feet more. The roving lake-effect band dropped several inches on the city of Buffalo and then pushed into towns to the south, National Weather Service meteorologist David Zaff said.
"This is an historic event. When all is said and done, this snowstorm will break all sorts of records, and that's saying something in Buffalo," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said after touring the region Wednesday and talking to truckers who had been stranded more than 24 hours on the Thruway.
The storm came in so fast and furious over Lake Erie early Tuesday it trapped more than 100 vehicles along a 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway that remained closed Thursday.
Tom Wilson, of West Seneca, split a Salisbury steak frozen dinner with co-workers and tried his best to get some rest when he was stuck 36 hours at his warehouse job.
"I slept on a pallet. Then I slept on some office chairs, and then I went back to the pallet," Wilson said. "Then I found some sponges to lay on. I found one pack of sponges unopened. That looks like a pillow to me.
"We tried to make popcorn with a two-by-four, two empty pop kegs, some charcoal and a dust pan," he added. "It didn't work."
Bethany Hojnacki went into labor at the height of the storm and ended up giving birth in a Buffalo fire station after she and her husband couldn't get to the hospital. Mother and daughter were later taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Cuomo, who stayed in the region overnight, said Wednesday afternoon that all trapped travelers had been removed from their cars, though some truckers were staying with their rigs.
Asked by reporters how officials could allow people to be snowbound in cars for 24 hours, Cuomo cited a jackknifed trailer that prevented plows from removing fast-falling snow, and drivers' own wrongheaded choices.
"What happened was, even though the Thruway was officially closed, people went on. We didn't immediately block every entrance. It was a mistake," Cuomo said.
"Part of it is citizen responsibility," he added. "If the road is closed, it's closed."
The storm was blamed for up to eight deaths in western New York, at least five of them from heart attacks. Erie County officials announced the latest death on Thursday, that of a man in his 60s who was stricken Wednesday while operating a snowblower.
Residents of a mobile home park in the suburb of West Seneca were being evacuated Thursday after their roofs began to collapse under the weight of heavy snow.
The NFL's Buffalo Bills offered $10 an hour plus game tickets for people willing to help shovel out the stands in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, in the snow belt southeast of the city.
Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said the team has an estimated 220,000 tons of snow to remove from the stadium before Sunday's game against the Jets — more than ever before.
Sunny skies returned to some hard-hit areas Wednesday, but workers were still trying to cart off the acres of snow. Lake-effect snow fell heavily on some northern New York areas east of Lake Ontario.
With an additional 2 feet possible on Thursday, the one-week totals for the hardest hit areas will approach the average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet. It won't stick around, though. With temperatures expected to rise above freezing on Saturday and approach 60 by Monday, flooding is likely to produce the next challenge.
The highest snowfall total for the Buffalo area this time was 65 inches, recorded in Cheektowaga. National Weather Service meteorologist David Church said forecasters haven't determined yet how this storm ranks, but that 60 to 70 inches in 24 hours is probably in the top 5 for the region.
The heaviest 24-hour snowfall on record in the Lower 48 states is 75.8 inches, which fell at Silver Lake, Colorado, in 1921, according to the government.
Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed from Albany.
Rising U.S. home sales and encouraging data on weekly applications for unemployment benefits and U.S. manufacturing helped lift stocks in afternoon trading Thursday. Strong earnings from several retailers also gave a boost to stock indexes, which had been lower in early trading following soft economic data out of Europe and China.