Three heavily armed teenagers were arrested yesterday in Oaklyn, a town in Camden County, N.J., in an apparent plot to hijack a car and embark on a killing spree using rifles, handguns, knives, machetes and 2,000 rounds of ammunition, the New York Times says. The arrests were made after a man told police his car had been surrounded by three youths who appeared with pistols dangling from their waistbands as he drove along a residential street before dawn. They carried rifles, shotguns and other weapons in their arms or bulging from beneath their clothing, he said.
The driver did not stop. Instead, he drove around the three teenagers and flagged down a police patrol car a few blocks away. The teens “planned on not being taken alive,” said Oaklyn Police Chief Christopher Ferrari. Under questioning, he said the three indicated “they had previous problems with students” and that fellow students were among the potential targets of their plot.
At a news conference, Vincent P. Sarubbi, the county prosecutor, said that “they developed a plan several months ago that they were going to kill three people and then go on a random killing spree throughout the town…Their plan was to kill randomly until they used all 2,000 rounds of ammunition, spent their knives and exhausted all the other weapons they had.” He said all the weapons found in the possession of the three belonged to one youth’s father.
“It was sort of a Columbine-type thing, except they were going to be more mobile,” said Ferrari, who also said that the three “had planned on not being taken alive by law enforcement authorities.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the three, ages 14, 15, and 18, called themselves the “Warriors of Freedom,” according to teenagers who knew them. They were known sometimes to dress in all black like characters from the movie Matrix. One of them was known for drawing violent cartoons in class and felt bullied by students at the Oaklyn middle school, acquaintances said.