Second High School Shootup Plot For New York Teen
June 9, 2010
Christopher Franko has been charged with a second attempt at plotting a Columbine-style school shooting at Connetquot High School, along with 16-year-old Dana Saltzman.
The two were planning to kill the security guards stationed outside of the school, and then storm the building and shoot random students until they were stopped.
Hardly a complex plan, the jury felt there was enough malice and intent behind the plot to upgrade charges from misdemeanor conspiracy to a felony charge.
Franko had created a diagram of the school, which he used to plan his and Saltzman’s movements to the most populated part, where more students could be easily shot in the shortest amount of time.
Saltzman’s attorneys claim she never intended to carry out the act, but she attempted to purchase a shotgun at a sporting goods store with Franko, just prior to him turning 18. They were denied, due to their ages, and Franko was planning to go back this week to buy it.
The attempted purchase alerted authorities, and an investigation uncovered the plot.
If convicted, the teens could face 25 years in prison.