After his ex-girlfriend alerted officials to a series of ominous text messages he sent her, a Florida man had charged with threatening to commit a mass shooting.
Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Scott Wix had detained on Friday at Daytona Beach Shores ‘ Winn-Dixie parking lot, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.
On Sunday, Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said Wix had sent the texts to his ex-girlfriend who was showing the messages to the authorities.
“When you look at the background of this kid, he’s a shooter’s profile,” said Chitwood. “He lost his work, he lost his wife, he’s depressed, he’s got the weapons, and he intends to become recognized as the most prolific murderer in American history.”
Wix, of Daytona Beach, wrote about wanting to open fire on a big crowd of individuals, the sheriff’s office said. “It would be great to have a good 100 kills,” he wrote in one message, adding that he was already thinking of a place. Wix hasn’t told researchers so far where he intended to do the shooting, said Chitwood.
“A school is a weak target and is more probable to open fire on a big crowd of individuals over 3 miles away. I want to break a world record for the longest confirmed kill ever,” reads another message, according to the office of the sheriff.
Chitwood said the officials in his apartment were recovering a .22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition. Initially, Wix had told investigators not to own any firearms but to be fascinated by mass shootings, the office of the sheriff said.
Wix was kept in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday without bond. Whether he has retained an attorney could not be determined immediately on Sunday.