Authorities say 19-year old Justin Sullivan wanted to kill 1,000 people with cyanide-coated bullets, a car bomb and semi-automatic weapon, in an ISIS–inspired attack over Father’s Day weekend, while his parents were out of town.
The teen’s father first called police in April, when he started to notice his son’s disturbing behavior. Sullivan’s dad says the boy started pouring gasoline over religious figurines in their home, while mentioning the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to police.
Undercover agents who began communicating with Justin online said the teen was plotting to carry out “minor assassinations before the big attack for training.”
According to agents, Justin planned to go to a gun show over the weekend to purchase an AR-15 rifle to use in the attack. But he was arrested before he ever got there. According to the NY Daily News, Sullivan was arrested Friday “without incident at his Morganton home on one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, one count of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony, and one count of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer unidentified by a serial number.”
Meantime neighbors of the family in Morganton, say Justin’s parents seemed very nice, but they would sometimes see the teen out in the backyard playing “war games.”
Authorities say Justin also asked the undercover agent to kill his parents and said he’d provide their location and money, according to the article.