Investigators found a “spreadsheet 7 feet long and 4 feet wide.” This spreadsheet contained “extensive research” of “mass murders of the past, and even attempted murders.” Police concluded: “They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet.”
“We were told [the murderer] had around 500 people on this sheet,” a law enforcement veteran told me Saturday night. “Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research.”
Police reached other conclusions:
- This was the work of a video gamer who intended to place his name on top as all-time high scorer in real-life shoot-em-ups.[emphasis added]
- He picked the elementary school because it offered the best opportunity to “score” the most points before police arrived to stop him.[emphasis added]
- Video gamers lose all their points to the character who kills them, so this murderer planned to “retain” his points by committing suicide so law enforcement couldn’t take his points.[emphasis added]
Said one official: “They have pictures from two years before, with the guy all strapped with weapons, posing with a pistol to his head.
That’s the thing you have to understand: He had this laid out for years before.” [emphasis added]