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'I already have a location:' Florida man arrested for mass shooting threats

"I'd wanna break a world record"
Posted at 6:37 PM, Aug 17, 2019

DAYTONA, Fla. — A man in Daytona is facing charges after the Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested him on Friday for threatening to commit a mass shooting in a series of text messages.

Tristan Scott Wix, 25, was arrested after the sheriff's office was alerted to several messages he sent detailing his plans to shoot at a large crowd and kill as many people as he could.

"I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," one of the messages said in part, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives shared this body camera video showing them take Wix into custody.

In total, the sheriff's office shared five messages they say Wix sent detailing his plans.

  • “A school is a weak target.. id 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.”

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After his arrest, the sheriff's office says Wix told them he didn't own any firearms but is fascinated with mass shootings.

The sheriff's office said on Friday they were in the process of getting a search warrant for Wix's residence. It's unknown at this time if it has been searched or not.

Wix remains at the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he’s being held without bond.