A senior police official said that police foiled a plot by two suspects to go to a mall in Halifax, Canada, and kill as many people as they could before committing suicide on Valentine’s Day. The mall was the Halifax Shopping Centre. One suspect has committed suicide.
The official told The Associated Press on Friday the suspects were on a chat stream and were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings. Police and other officials said it was not related to Islamic terrorism.
Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 23, of Geneva, Illinois, and Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Nova Scotia, were arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, according to a statement.
A third suspect, 19-year-old James Gamble, killed himself as police moved to arrest him at his home in Nova Scotia.
A fourth – a 17-year-old boy – has been released from custody.
The official said the 23-year-old American woman, was arrested at Halifax’s airport and confessed to the plot. The official said she pre-wrote a number of pronouncements to be tweeted after her death.
Police said the suspects had access to firearms, but did not elaborate.
The official said the 19-year-old male shot himself to death after police were tipped off about the plot and they surrounded his home. Police saw two people leave the house who they determined were his parents and pulled them over on a traffic check. They then called the suspect. As the man told police that he didn’t have any guns and he was on his way out of the house he shot himself, the official said.