After authorities found plans to attack multiple schools and countless churches, a suspected trans-identified mass shooter was arrested in Colorado.
William Whitworth, who goes by the name “Lilly,” was confronted by police at his home where he nonchalantly admitted to his intention to carry out the shootings. KOAA, a local NBC affiliate in Colorado, has the story.
According to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, a former student from District 20 is facing attempted murder charges for planning attacks against three schools in Colorado Springs.
William Whitworth “Lilly”, 19, has been charged with felony criminal attempted to commit murder in the first degree, misdemeanor interference of staff, faculty, or students of educational establishments, and menacing and criminal mischief. The suspect is currently in Elbert County Jail.
Whitworth did not respond to questions about why he planned to attack schools. It is unclear what his motive was, but it seems likely that his trans-identity played some role in the attack on schools and churches.
This follows a Nashville mass shooting that resulted in the death of a trans-identified person. A 28-year-old woman who claimed to be a man murdered six people, including three children at the school she used to attend. Police discovered a manifesto that pointed to a political motive. They announced that Christians were the target of the attack.
It’s difficult to determine the severity of the plot by the Colorado shooter, but it is something that police cannot ignore. Whitworth was charged with attempted murder and a host of other crimes in connection to his plotted attacks.