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'I want them to be stuck in a corner': FBI details messages sent by Townville shooting suspect

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TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On the second day of the hearing for the Townville Elementary School shooting suspect, the FBI released disturbing messages recovered from social media during the investigation.

The hearing is underway to determine if the then-14-year-old should be tried as an adult after investigators say he opened fire on the school playground, killing a 6-year-old student.

According to a 46-page transcript of the suspect's confession, he was involved in a "true crime community" on Instagram. The document states that members of the group were "cheering me on."

Following the shooting, the FBI began analyzing contents of a cell phone seized from the suspect and from related social media accounts. FBI Special Agent Shandal Ewing testified on Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the messages sent from an account operated by the suspect.

Timestamps on messages indicate the suspect was sending them before and after authorities say he shot his father to death. The messages also reveal the suspect planned the attack days before the shooting.

Messages were also sent that said the suspect had decided not to shoot up his middle school because a school resource officer worked there and it was too far away.

Below are excerpts of messages sent by the suspect which were released in court:

Sep. 22, 2016

8:56 pm - "My plan is"

8:58 pm - “shooting my dad getting his keys getting in his truck, driving to the elementary school 4 mins away, once there gear up, shoot out the bottom school class room windows, enter the building, shoot the first class which will be the 2d grade, grab the teachers keys so I don’t have to hasle to get through any doors”

8:59 pm - "then for all the other class rooms ima unlock the door through my homemade pipe bombs into the class rooms then enter and kill the remaining students in each class room"
"then get in a shoot out with police then kill myself with my shotgun"

9:00 pm - "and i looked up my police response time in the area so I knoe which times best for the attack"

9:01 pm - "15 mins for normal police and 25 mins for swat then it takes 1 hour for the swat to breach"

9:02 pm - "I think ill probably most likely kill around 50 or 60"

9:04 pm - "If i get lucky maybe 150"

Sep. 23, 2016

6:14 pm - "Todays my lucky day... I just seen my dad type in the code to the gun safe"

Sep. 24, 2016

1:28 am - "Im working on a spear also XD"

1:30 am - "The only reason im making a spear is if one of the main bombs doesnt go off i can manually detonate it"

Sep. 27, 2016

10:22 am - “Someone who kills a lot of people without getting killed by cops before he finishes is way cooler than going around kidnapping people and eating their insides”


Sept. 28, 2016

8:54 am - "Im waiting for my dad to ride home from his farm"

9:07 am - "And with the gun i loaded up theres only like 10 other bullets not in the mag"

9:47 am - "at 11:00 im taking off"
"At about 11:10 itll be on the news"

9:47 am – “Atleast i shot my dad already”

9:49 am – “I can’t stop walking around… the adrinaline is [expletive] amazing”

10:48 am - "Btw [redacted] i grabed my dads assualt rifle to :)"

11:04 am - "Im givein the kids 4-5 mins to get back into their classes from lunch"

11:05 am - "I don't want any runners :)"

11:32 am - “Im heading back home to get more [expletive] ammo”
“And anyways the [expletive] kids are at recess”
“I don’t want them to run”
“I want them to be stuck in a corner”

In the fourth day of the hearing, Anderson County Sheriff's Office Digital Forensics Investigator McKindra Bibb said the suspect had searched on the internet how to unlock or crack into a digital gun safe. Internet searches were also discovered for mass shooters Omar Mateen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Bibb said the 15-year-old had searched graphic websites and conducted an internet search for a video depicting torture.

Since his arrest, officials said they have continued to find concerning material in the suspect's browser history. He uses a computer for school work and Christel Harris, a teacher employed by Greenville County Sheriff's Office who works at the detention center, said he searched for news in Kentucky on the day of the Kentucky school shooting, despite not being assigned to do so.

During the hearing, Harris confirmed the suspect had also listened to a rap song more than 50 times while doing school work that contains graphic lyrics, including a threat to shoot up a town.

SLIDESHOW: Hearing underway in deadly Townville school shooting case

READ MORE: Principal testifies about day of deadly school shooting, lingering fears among students & staff

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