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North Carolina Mass Shooting Prevented: What We Know So Far

Here's everything you should know.

High Point Police Department

Police arrested a college student in North Carolina after he admitted to planning a mass shooting at his school, ABC News reports. 19-year-old Paul Steber, a freshman at High Point University in North Carolina, was reported by a fellow student. Authorities allegedly discovered ammunition and two firearm in Steber’s dorm room, and he confessed to his plans to carry out the shooting by Christmas this year. The student planned to rush a fraternity and the attack would be based on whether or not he got in.

Here’s everything to know about the case:

  • On Tuesday, 19-year-old Paul Steber was charged with two felony counts of having a gun on campus and an additional count for making threats of mass violence. He’s being held on a $2 million bond.
  • Steber was allegedly keeping a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun in his dorm room at High Point University, which he purchased last weekend.
  • It’s unknown if the weapons were purchased legally, but North Carolina law prohibits anyone from carrying firearms on educational sites, including concealed handgun permit holders.
  • Steber is a Boston native who told authorities he came to North Carolina because it was easier to obtain guns. He had also studied previous mass shootings, including the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina church shooting.
  • Steber’s plan was based on his intention to rush a fraternity. If Steber didn’t get in but his roommate did, he planned to kill himself and his roommate.
  • Authorities say Steber has no previous criminal record.
  • High Point University officials used this situation to highlight the importance of reporting suspicious behavior.