Canada column for Sunday, Feb. 22/15
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Two people arrested for allegedly planning a “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” at a Halifax shopping mall are facing additional charges.
Mounties say that Randall Shepherd, 20, of Halifax and Lindsay Souvannarath, 23, of Geneva, Ill., were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder.
At a court appearance when they were remanded in custody to March 6, additional counts were added for conspiracy to commit arson, illegal possession of weapons and making a threat through social media.
It is believed the accused were planning to open fire on people at the Halifax Shopping Center on Feb. 14 and then kill themselves, police said.
Halifax police Chief Jean-Michel Blais said the two had extensive plans and the means to carry them out.
The investigation suggests those plans, which were thwarted in time after someone calling in a tip to the police, involved James Gamble, 19, who was found dead in his Halifax home.
A social networking website believed linked to Gamble showed photos of weapons, Nazi symbols and images relating to the Columbine High School shooting.