Ore. teen accused of murder solicitation



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Police in Astoria, Ore., have arrested a 16-year-old high school student accused of trying to recruit a friend to join him in a planned school shooting.

The arrest came Monday after the 15-year-old friend showed school officials printed Facebook messages from the other teen.

Astoria Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnston tells The Oregonian “this was not a single conversation about a fantasy.” He says police learned of a series of conversations that went on for weeks about a “desire to shoot people at the Astoria High School.”

On Tuesday, a Clatsop County judge ordered the 16-year-old held in juvenile detention for investigation of solicitation to commit aggravated murder. Another hearing is scheduled Nov. 15.

The Daily Astorian reports that no weapons were found in a search of the student’s home. The 15-year-old attends nearby Warrenton High School on the north Oregon coast.