August 21, 2019

USA: A 25yo Man Arrested In Florida After Sending Several Text Messages Stating He Wanted To "Break A World Record For Longest Confirmed Kill Ever." He Said He Wanted To Die And Have Fun Doing It.

CBS News
written by Staff and AP
Monday August 19, 2019

Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, of Daytona Beach, sent several text messages stating he wanted to "break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever." The office says that in another message, Wix texted he wanted to reach 100 victims and had decided on a location. It was unclear who Wix was texting or how deputies obtained the information.

Authorities say Wix was arrested Friday at a supermarket in Daytona Beach Shores on a charge of making written threats to kill. The sheriff's news release says Wix told detectives he didn't own firearms but was fascinated with mass shootings.

Wix wrote in the messages that he was willing to die while committing a mass shooting and was hoping to have someone help him, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV reports. In the messages, Wix wrote that he was willing to die while committing a mass shooting and was hoping to have someone help him, records show. He also said he wanted to shoot into a large crowd from three miles away.

"A good 100 kills would be nice," he said in one text, according to WKMG.

Deputies said multiple Central Florida law enforcement agencies helped track Wix down to a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores, where he was arrested. He is being held at the Volusia County Jail without bond on a charge of written threats to kill or do bodily harm. Jail records did not list an attorney for Wix.

Miami Herald
written by Devoun Cetoute
Saturday August 17, 2019

In the weeks following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Florida has seen a fair share of mass shooting threats — from Walmarts to schools.

Volusia County deputies have added Tristan Wix, 25, to the list of those making mass shooting threats.

Wix, a Daytona Beach man, was arrested Friday after sending several text messages that included threats about shooting at large crowds and hoping for large kill counts, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

In one text he said, “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,” according to deputies.

“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,” deputies said Wix texted.

In yet another he said, “But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?” and “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.” 👈😱

The sheriff’s office release was not clear on who Wix was texting or how deputies got a hold of the messages.

Sheriff’s detectives worked with members of New Smyrna Beach police, Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to track down Wix in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores.

Wix was arrested by Shores officers and the Volusia County sheriff’s detectives, and taken to to the Volusia Sheriff’s Operations Center for an interview.

Detectives said he told them that he does not own any firearms but is fascinated with mass shootings.

He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he’s being held without bond.

UPDATE 8/24/19 at 7:08pm: Added tweets below.

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