DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A Daytona Beach man is being held without bond for the "protection of the public" by a judge Saturday morning, after authorities say he allegedly sent text messages detailing plans for a mass shooting and a hunting rifle with recovered from his home.
- Tristan Wix claims he is fascinated with mass shootings, authorities say
- Authorities recovered 400 rounds of ammo, .22-caliber hunting rifle
On Saturday, the judge ruled that Wix would be held without bond for the public's protection. A public defender will be representing him.
"I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," Wix wrote in one text message, according to police.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman says the agency worked with area police departments and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to track Wix down and take him into custody.
Wix, described as a lone wolf, had lost his job and was sending the texts to his ex-girlfriend, who alerted authorities, said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood during a news conference on Saturday afternoon.
Investigators say Wix told authorities he did not own any firearms, however, Chitwood said that authorities recovered a .22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammo in his apartment.
Law enforcement said that Wix was fascinated with mass shootings.
Below are some of the text messages authorities released to the media:
"A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever."
"I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away before I die and I need a spotter (laughing cry face emoji)"
"What you wanna do after the fact, is your own business, if you want to plan to escape we can work on that. But I don't intend on walking away alive, unless I see it fit."
"But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?"
"Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol. Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I'm not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I'm the most patient person in the world."