It almost happened in my hometown
12:05 pm - December 18, 2012
— Updated: 12:24 pm - December 18, 2012
By Tim Hudson
A return of search warrant filed Tuesday in Washington County Court reveals a list of items — including a weapon and notes with a “graveyard drawing” — were found during a search of the home of a local teen accused of planning a mass shooting at Bartlesville High School last week.
Eighteen-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez was arrested on Dec. 14 after police received reports that the BHS senior was planning a mass shooting at the school. He currently faces charges of planning, attempting or conspiring to perform an act of violence and is being held at the Washington County Correctional Facility on a $1 million bond.
Following the arrest, police served a search warrant at a home on Adeline Street in west Bartlesville, where Chavez reportedly resides with his mother.
According to the “search warrant return” filed Tuesday morning, police found a “Marlin model 99 M1, .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle with stock cut off and made into pistol grip type rifle” as well as two swords. Additionally, police report finding a red, white and blue wallet that contained a “RIP Graveyard” drawing, another drawing referred to as “suicidal Timmy,” a love letter and a recipe for homemade alcohol.
Police also say they found a spiral notebook that contained 59 pages of writings from April of 2011 through September of this year. Additionally, they say there were two handwritten notes in the home.
The findings appear to at least somewhat substantiate weekend reports from social networking sites that police were in possession of a notebook detailing Chavez’ plan. Police had previously been reluctant to confirm the existence of such notes.
The document states that police also found a “small black photo album” containing photos of seniors that had been cut out of an Examiner-Enterprise insert about 2012 graduates.
Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also reportedly found.
The affidavit for the search warrant also indicates that Chavez’ mother told police that her son had recently checked the movie “Bowling for Columbine” out from the Bartlesville Public Library. The documentary focuses on the gun control debate centered around shootings by two students at a school in Columbine, Colo., in 1999 in which 13 people were killed.
Chavez was arrested on Dec. 14 after a student reportedly told authorities that he had been in the cafeteria on Dec. 12 and that Chavez “tried to recruit other students to assist him with carrying out a plan to lure students into the school cafeteria where he planned to begin shooting them after chaining the doors shut,” a probable cause affidavit states.
Chavez reportedly said that if the students that were assisting him did not do as they were supposed to do “he would not hesitate to kill them and/or himself.” Police say he planned to “place bombs by the doors so when the police arrived he would detonate the bombs, killing the police as they entered the building.”
Authorities contend that Chavez had been attempting to obtain a map or diagram of the building. Chavez had reportedly told a teacher that “he had recently purchased a Colt .45 handgun and spent the weekend shooting it.”
Police say Chavez had performed Internet searches for a “.22 caliber rifle on a machine gun platform” on school computers as recent as Nov. 30, as well as information on “how to build pipe bombs” and information on “the Columbine High School Massacre.”
Police presence at all Bartlesville Public School District campuses was increased beginning Monday in response to the alleged threat, and counseling is available to any high school student wishing to speak with someone, BPSD officials said this week.