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Oklahoma: 18-Year-Old Woman Alleged By “Anonymous Tip” To Have Threatened To “Shoot 400 People For Fun” With Her AK-47 At Former High School

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Published on: September 18, 2019

I’m not a fan of red flag laws because they are inevitably a violation of the Bill of Rights, which is a part of our Constitution.  However, this story might appear to be a red flag law type of incident, but it is anything but one.  An 18-year-old Oklahoma woman was arrested after she allegedly made specific threats to “shoot 400 people for fun” with her AK-47 rifle at her former high school.

Alexis Wilson was taken into custody and booked at the Pittsburg County Jail after making the threat.

Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies claim they received an anonymous tip that she had told friends and co-workers she planned to go to McAlester High School and shoot up the school.

The person called in without naming themselves and without specific evidence except for their word and claimed that Wilson posted videos of herself shooting guns along with telling the anonymous tipster and friends and co-workers about her plan to shoot up the school.

Now, pay attention to this report.

KOTV reports:

Deputies said Wilson denied making threats to shoot up the school but admitted she used to be suicidal and borderline homicidal and had thoughts of hurting people at the school in the past. She told deputies she was just trying to convince a co-worker that not everyone who owns a gun is bad.

“In today’s times, you can’t say stuff like that,” the sheriff said. “And anytime something is said like that we are going to take it serious. And we are going to investigate it to the fullest extent and make an arrest if possible because we do not want any of our schools getting shot up. Nobody does.”

Sheriff Chris Morris said Wilson had an AK-47 with six magazines and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells. Morris said Wilson picked up the AK-47 last week from a local gun shop with five extra high capacity magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.

“If it would have happened and we wouldn’t have gotten contacted, the person who reported it to us would feel horrible,” said Pittsburg County Sheriff Christ Morris.

“We would feel horrible. If we got the information and we didn’t follow up on it. So I think it’s a blessing for McAlester and Pittsburg County to have received this information before something terrible or tragic did happen.”

On top of that, McAlester Public Schools Superintendent Randy Hughes has asked for additional security at the school.

“It’s something I think every community fears,” Sheriff Morris said. “With schools you know there’s tornado drills, they do fire drills – but I think one of the biggest fears in every community is an active shooter.”

According to KOKI-TV, Wilson’s mother knew her daughter had been saving up to purchase the AK-47.  However, she never gave it a second thought because “Alexis has always shot firearms and had hunted.”

“You know it may not have been anything — we don’t know 100 percent, but we are glad we got it before it turned into something,” Sheriff Chris Morris said.

Police went to Wilson’s home and recovered the AK-47, several rounds of ammunition and a 12-gauge shotgun from her bedroom.

The Washington Post adds:

After Wilson’s shift at the pizza shop ended on Monday, Sergeant Micah Stites and Deputy Matthew Jordan knocked on Wilson’s front door. Wilson agreed to talk, police said.

She denied showing her co-worker a video of her shooting the AK-47, but admitted she had talked about the gun and had showed off photos of her posing with it. She played videos of her shooting the rifle for Stites and Jordan, police said. During the interview, Wilson appeared nervous to the sheriff’s officers. Her voice shook and she jumped from topic to topic mid-sentence, they said.

The young woman told Jordan she had “disturbing and criminal-like things” on the phone. She said she was bullied at McAlester High School.

After she had been suspended in her freshman year, she said she completed a program at Thunderbird, a military academy in Oklahoma that advertises itself as an alternative option to public school. She said she tried to re-enroll at McAlester High afterward, but she hadn’t been allowed to start classes this fall. Wilson explained the alleged threat by saying she had been trying to convince her co-worker that “not everyone that owns a gun is a bad person,” the police report said.

“She said that she would never shoot up a school or people,” Jordan wrote in his report, “and that her co-worker must have taken what she said wrong.”

At the end of the police interview, Wilson told the officers that she used to feel “suicidal and borderline homicidal” toward her classmates at McAlester High because of the bullying she faced. Jordan asked her if she thought about hurting anyone at the school.

“Not recently, but she has in the past,” the report says.

Sheriff Morris spoke with and said that investigators also went to the friends and co-workers mentioned by the anonymous tipster.  They all verified the claim made in the tip concerning Ms. Wilson, which coupled with her interview led to her arrest.  Sheriff Morris also told us that investigators were in the process of going through her phone to see if there was more evidence on it that could be incriminating.

Wilson was charged with a felony for making a terrorist threat.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Wilson’s bond was set Monday at $250,000, and she’s next due in court on September 27, court records show.

Had this just been an anonymous tip with no verifiable evidence nor other witnesses, and an arrest was made, I would be highly suspicious, but fortunately, Oklahoma doesn’t have red flag laws in place, yet.  However, this seems to be a clear threat that was made against individuals that were confirmed by several witnesses.  In this matter, the police seemed to have followed the law and done the right things and possibly saved many lives in the process.

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