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Kungfoolss
7/07/2003 3:20am,
Police: Teen Massacre Foiled

Jul. 07, 2003

By Dwight Ott, Patrick Kerkstra and Emilie Lounsberry
Inquirer Staff Writers

An 18-year-old man and two juvenile boys were arrested yesterday in suburban Camden County with a cache of rifles, swords and knives, and police said the three had planned to target students who attend Oaklyn Public School, then "randomly attack as many people as possible." Oaklyn Police Chief Christopher Ferrari said the three, including two students who had attended the middle school, had been planning to commit "multiple homicides" since early this year. "They were going to execute three individuals and continue until they ran out of ammunition with the killings throughout town," Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi said at a news conference last night outside the Oaklyn Police Department. The alleged plot - evoking memories of shootings by students at Colorado's Columbine High School and other schools in the last few years - was discovered after a motorist flagged down Officer Charles Antrilli in Oaklyn at 3:48 a.m. yesterday and said the three had tried to carjack him. They surrendered to an officer after a tense but brief showdown.

Ferrari said the three had been poised to start the killings. Each was armed with a high-power rifle or shotgun, he said, and they had handguns with more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. "It was sort of a Columbine-type thing, except they were going to be more mobile," said Ferrari, who also said that the three "had planned on not being taken alive by law enforcement authorities." Matthew Lovett, 18, who just graduated from Collingswood High School, was among those arrested. He lived in a small apartment in Oaklyn with his father and a brother. Police said Lovett was charged with aggravated assault, possession of firearms for an unlawful purpose and carjacking. Authorities did not identify the 14-year-old and 15-year-old juveniles because of their age. Officials said all three would be charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The three called themselves the "Warriors of Freedom," according to teenagers who knew them. They were known sometimes to dress in all black like characters from the movie Matrix. One of them was known for drawing violent cartoons in class and felt bullied by students at the Oaklyn middle school, acquaintances said.

Officials would not comment on a letter, reportedly written by Lovett to his father and found inside their apartment during a search yesterday by investigators. "It would be inappropriate to comment on a specific document," Sarubbi said last night. The arrest shattered the calm of a sweltering day in the small borough of Oaklyn, just outside Camden. Police blocked off the street near the small apartment building where Lovett lived as they conducted a search.

Outside the ice cream store across the street, teenagers who knew the three said they practiced martial arts, virtually always wore black, and pretty much kept to themselves. "They had that Matrix look down," said Warren Haubois, 16, of Oaklyn.

Their plot focused on Oaklyn Public School, a combined elementary and junior high school with about 530 students. The two juveniles attended the middle school. Charles Earling, the principal of Collingswood High School, said last night that he had never heard anything in particular about Lovett before yesterday and was shocked at the news of the arrest. "To my knowledge, we've never had anything like this before. No suspicions, no threats," said Earling. Mathew Rich, who reported the carjacking attempt, told the Associated Press that he was leaving his wife's home when he saw the three, dressed in trench coats and standing in front of a school. One crossed the street in front of him, opened his coat to reveal a handgun, then signaled for his friends. Frantic and fearing for his life, Rich said, he managed to speed up and get past them and then alerted a nearby police officer, who chased down the three. Sarubbi said that Lovett "drew down on his handgun," but that all three of them dropped their weapons when the officer shouted for them to "freeze." "These guys were ready for a war," Rich said. Sarubbi described Lovett as the "shaker and mover" of the alleged plot, and said all of the guns were owned and legally registered by Lovett's father. "They were heavily armed with rifles, shotguns, pistols lodged in their belt and 2,000 rounds of ammunition," said Sarubbi.

Ferrari said that three of the targets were fellow students at the Oaklyn school, and that the next group of victims were to be chosen at random. Police said the weapons also included swords and knives. "These individuals were planning on killing as many people as possible in a short time and creating widespread hysteria," Ferrari said in a statement. He said the three "indicated they had previous problems with students at Oaklyn Public School, and potential targets were students here." Outside the ice cream store near the small apartment building where Lovett lived, teenagers gathered last night to talk about the alleged plot and the three teenagers who allegedly set out to carry it out. "They were quiet and scary. They were the weird people you wouldn't mess with because you were afraid they would try something like this," said Eddie Hernandez, 15, who goes to Collingswood High School. "They kept to themselves. I never heard more than one word out of them," said Haubois.

In the Collingswood High School yearbook, a quotation attributed to Lovett read: "Listen to the saffron melodies strummed on the brilliant strings of the sunrays."

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/6247052.htm



Edited by - kungfoolss on July 07 2003 03:27:17

Miguksaram
7/07/2003 8:28am,
Well if they were going in with guns and knives, it sounds more special forces than regular h2h...Since SCARS teaches special forces, (using your type of logic) we can only conclude that these 3 were SCARS students not stylists.

By the way OwnedFools when are you going to comment on the fact that Peterson doesn't recognize you at all?

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SifuAbel
7/07/2003 1:28pm,
Migu,

Don't bother, fools is mentally ill. You can't agrue with the mentally challenged. Its a lesson in futility.
Don't you find it funny the that report only mentioned that there was A sword among all the guns , therefore they had to be practicing MA stylists. He rewrote the begining of the story to emphasize the swords and the knives. The report I read on yahoo mentioned the sword at the end of the guns list. There was no mention that they did any MA practice at all.

Miguksaram
7/07/2003 2:12pm,
Ahh....I see....so OwnedFools is once again

OWNED

It must be sad to be you OwnedFools..

You're right KFDW, let us move on. Sorry folks nothing to see here move along.

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Xuanlong Xian
7/07/2003 2:37pm,
Given the remarks about the Matrix, one wonders whether they were "self-taught" in MA... ;)

Xuanlong Xian
7/07/2003 3:42pm,
meaning, imitated the stuff onscreen...?

SifuAbel
7/07/2003 4:44pm,
Please read closer, the OTHER students said they looked like the matrix. If any thing they are imitating swordfish.

Boyd
7/07/2003 5:05pm,
Anyone see that episode of Upright Citizens Brigade where the kid tried to massacre his school with ninja throwing stars, only to later attempt to massacre his school with sumo wrestling? Classic.

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Kungfoolss
7/08/2003 2:01am,
It does say that they practiced martial arts.


It's nice to see that not every individual is governed by an emotional hatred for me blinding them to the facts. Thanks Osiris for pointing out the obvious to your peers. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Kungfoolss
7/08/2003 2:31am,
News Udate

Teens accused of planning Columbine-style attack

Jul. 07, 2003

BY JOSEPH A. GAMBARDELLO, NORA KOCH, DWIGHT OTT AND JOHN SHIFFMAN
Knight Ridder Newspapers

PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - Investigators suspect the three teens arrested in Oaklyn, N.J., just as they allegedly were about to launch a killing rampage in their small town found inspiration in violent computer games. Police said they seized three computer hard drives from the homes of Matthew Lovett, 18, and his two juvenile accomplices, and learned the name the trio reportedly had dubbed themselves - "Warriors of Freedom" - also is the name of an Internet-based combat game. Lovett's uncle, Thomas Crymes, said the June graduate of Collingswood High School whose mother died nine years ago was on his computer "constantly." "He never went anywhere with anybody," said Crymes. And among the names Lovett used in a letter left for his family was "the Neo," an apparent reference to the main character of "The Matrix, which is both a movie and a computer game. A law enforcement official said investigators want to see what sort of games the suspects were playing and if they were in contact with others who might have similar plans.

Bail was set at $1 million for Lovett, who appeared at an arraignment hearing before Judge John McFeeley by closed circuit television from the Camden County Jail, where the suspect was under suicide watch and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.. Judge Louis Hornstine ordered the other suspects - who are 14 and 15 - remanded to the Camden County juvenile facility at Lakeland for separate hearings next week. The 15-year-old, who is tall and heavy, was represented by attorney John A. Underwood, who said his client "maintains his innocence." The other teen, who is tall and thin, did not have a lawyer. Camden County Prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi said the three were charged with murder conspiracy, carjacking and illegal weapons possession. Lovett also was charged with aggravated assault for pointing a gun at a police officer. Sarubbi said he would seek to try the juveniles as adults. None of the suspects has a previous criminal record, according to court records.

In a statement read by Crymes, Lovett's father, Ronald Lovett, apologized to the people of Oaklyn "for what my son Matthew has done" and thanked the police officer who arrested the three and thwarted their alleged plot. Police Officer Charles Antrilli chased down the trio about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after a motorist reported three youths tried to carjack him in front of the Oaklyn Public School. The motorist, Mathew Rich, 33, said he was on his way to work at Philadelphia International Airport when a youth in a long black coat stepped in front of him and motioned over a stocky youth in a black T-shirt who was on the school lawn. That youth lifted his shirt, revealing a revolver that he pulled out and pointed at Rich. He said he then noticed the youth in the long coat had a pistol in his hand. The third suspect hung back, he said. "The only thing I would think was these kids are going to kill me," Rich said. He swerved around them and sped off, making his way to the Oaklyn Police station. Lovett pointed his gun at the officer, but the three dropped their weapons when Antrilli ordered them to do so, authorities said. Police said they recovered two 30-30 rifles, a shotgun, two handguns, two swords, knives and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

The firearms legally belonged to Ronald Lovett, who was not home when the trio launched their plot, which, officials said, had been planned since January. Police said the group planned to kill three middle school students and anyone else who got in their way in a random spree. Authorities said the youths on the hit list had been notified that they had been targeted, but they wouldn't identify them. In a rambling letter left at his family's apartment over a block of stores on Oaklyn's main street, Lovett indicated he planned to kill his family but decided it would be "too messy," according to law enforcement officials.

"I thought you'd like to know that I am a warrior, I am fighting for mankind's freedom. Freedom from this society," said the letter, which was signed "Sincerely, Me. Matthew. The One, the Neo, the Anti-Christ, etc. etc. etc."

While details of the lives of the two younger boys remained sketchy Monday, a portrait of Lovett emerged from his uncle's comments, an interview his father gave to CNN and the recollections of classmates. The description mirrored those of other teenagers who have staged and threatened to stage school killings around the country, including the Columbine massacre. Lovett often wore all black and was something of a loner. He spent a lot of time on the computer and was expert at video games, even giving advice online to players of a game called "Mech Commando" about how to re-arm and re-armor their combatants. Ron Lovett said his son became withdrawn after his mother's death and that he also often had to defend his younger brother, who has had to undergo 13 operations for a cleft palette. "When they used to go out when they were little, of course, people would pick on the brother and Matt would have to defend him," Ronald Lovett told CNN. "They didn't get along well with their peers." But, he said Matthew was a good boy who never was in trouble with the law. And, the father said, his son had never shown an interest in his guns. Ronald Lovett said he kept the handguns in a lock bock and stored the rifles and the shotgun in a closet.

Crymes said Ronald Lovett focused most of his attention on his younger son James because of his disability and his need for repeated surgery. "He was a great father, but there was not enough of him to go around," said Crymes. Still, Laura Doria, who runs a deli on the ground floor of the Lovett's building, said she often saw the family grilling out back or going on camping trips. The boys also had to endure the death of an older half-sister who was run down by a car a year after their mother's death, Crymes said. He said he could not believe that Lovett, who had no job, would carry out the plan. "If he was determined to do that sort of thing, he would have shot at the officer," he said. "All it was, was a call for help."

Classmates recalled that Lovett and his brother were both known as good artists and that Lovett even had talked about going to art school. He was particularly good in drawing figures in the Japanese anime style and enjoyed karate, they said.

But Lovett also was the target of teasing. The classmates said he was mocked for his bow-legged and stooped gait and his clothes. For years, he wore sweatpants when everyone else wore jeans. Then last year he started dressing in black or wore tight pants. "Matt was an easy target," said Paul Phillips, 18. "But he never lashed out. He just took it." "Everybody picked on him," said Tom Urick, 19, a 2002 Collingswood graduate. When the Collingswood Class of 2003 graduated June 19, Lovett joined his classmates at Rowan University in Glassboro for a party that included dancing and swimming from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. "It was our last get-together with friends," said Facundo Pazcovich, 18. "People were having the best time ever. But Matt was over in the corner with his head down." Jack Thompson, a Miami attorney and critic of violent video and computer games, made the connection between the name Oaklyn teenagers said the trio called themselves and the "Warriors of Freedom" online game. The site was not in operation Monday. "Game is down fixing major bugs!" according to the Web site's home page.

Thompson, who has sued game makers and studied their possible role in shootings around the country, said he was struck by how the three Oaklyn suspects also were armed with swords. He said a sword was "not a typical of weapon of choice in a carjacking" but it is a feature of the game "Grand Theft Auto Vice City," which includes carjacking. "In a sense, these guys probably were acting out a game, Thompson said.

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6252826.htm

Deadpan Scientist
7/08/2003 2:56am,
The video game guy is a little off I think...

Does he come out to say that video games that involve invading neighboring lands are the root cause of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Fatality Dragon
7/08/2003 9:26am,
This is BULLSHIT!!! I am embarasse to admit this but I think only intelligent person in this whole thing is Lovett's father and the polices!


among the names Lovett used in a letter left for his family was "the Neo,"
DAMN! He must have watch too much Matrix that he end up think he is the Neo! I bet he is depress because he tried to run up the wall and flip only to find himself landing on his head!


The 15-year-old, who is tall and heavy,
LMAO! How the hell is he gonna to have enough stamina to keep up? If I was in school when shooting happen and those guys get out of car and two guys run too fast for the fat one, the fat one would be my first target since he is most likely to be really slow and lone!


was represented by attorney John A. Underwood, who said his client "maintains his innocence."
Let put that attorney's kid in the school that those three stooges attend and see if he still think the fat one is innocent!


Sarubbi said he would seek to try the juveniles as adults.
Good! I hope they all get locked up in prison and get gang raped by bunches of hairy men everytime they drop soap in the shower!


He swerved around them and sped off, making his way to the Oaklyn Police station.
I would have run over one of them to make sure that at least one would not be able to get away too easy.


"I thought you'd like to know that I am a warrior, I am fighting for mankind's freedom. Freedom from this society," said the letter, which was signed "Sincerely, Me. Matthew. The One, the Neo, the Anti-Christ, etc. etc. etc."
Haha! A warrior?!?! Fighting for freedom from what!? Society?!?! WTF!? He is just a wannabe! DAMN the society! If he want to fight for freedom, he should just take his own life! I HATE kids who think they will be a great warrior just by go in school and killing everyone! I think all students should undergo some kind of evulation to see if they need some help or not every semester.


Lovett often wore all black and was something of a loner.
BLAH! A poser, wannabe, and copycat! No wonder I cannot wear my favorite color without comfort anymore and switch to Khaki and dark navy blue.


He was particularly good in drawing figures in the Japanese anime style and enjoyed karate, they said.
Too much Japanese anime. Who the hell teach them karate?! They should find the instructor and see if they can get any info. I bet they think they are gonna to fight the same way as those people in The Matrix do! Thank god I am in Muay Thai right now!


But Lovett also was the target of teasing. The classmates said he was mocked for his bow-legged and stooped gait and his clothes.
Teasing is very normal part of society! It is like pecking order in wolf pack, school fish, and other animals pack. I hate people who try to prevent any teasing! It is part of fittest of survival. It is most likely he got pick on because of his stupid attitude and not try to get along with social! Today they don't pick on people because someone is overweight (unless they are REALLY GROSSLY OVERWEIGHT), nerd, or whatever. They pick on people because someone was being stupid, doing something stupid, or just being a jerk!


"But he never lashed out. He just took it." "Everybody picked on him,"
If anyone ever see him in person give him this message for me "*grab my crotch* *****!" If he stand up for himself he would not get pick on!


"People were having the best time ever. But Matt was over in the corner with his head down."
WANNABE! POSER! COPYCAT! TOO MUCH DRAMA! THIS IS WHY HE GET PICK ON!


Jack Thompson, a Miami attorney and critic of violent video and computer games,
BULLSHIT! I play video games a lot when I was younger and I never thought about go out and kill everyone! So do many of people I went to school with! Also look at all asian kids, they are video game freak but have we heard of them plotting anything so far?!

Sorry if this post is so long but I just CAN'T stand people like those three stooges! They make no effort in society and they let people use them as a scape goat. If they would just stand up for themself a bit more then their life probably won't suck too much!

It is a rat eat rat world.

"A magical place where I have a freakish large penis and I am also the king of the mushroom people." - by Omen Stone

Edited by - Fatality Dragon on July 08 2003 09:37:59

Phoenix
7/08/2003 9:37am,
"[quote]But Lovett also was the target of teasing. The classmates said he was mocked for his bow-legged and stooped gait and his clothes.[quote]
Teasing is very normal part of society! It is like pecking order in wolf pack, school fish, and other animals. I hate people who try to prevent any teasing! It is part of fittest of survival. It is most likely he got pick on because of his stupid attitude and not try to get along with social! Today they don't pick on people because someone is overweight (unless they are REALLY GROSSLY OVERWEIGHT), nerd, or whatever. They pick on people because someone was being stupid, doing something stupid, or just being a jerk!"


Actually, FD...

To this guy's defense, according to what I read in the local newspapers here, it says that this guy was picked on because he has a speech impediment that he's had since he was 4.

"Everybody knows...if the police have to chase you down, they're brining an ass kicking with them". - Chris Rock

Fatality Dragon
7/08/2003 9:40am,
Oh, thank for clearing that up a bit. I still think it is dumb! I am deaf and NO one ever pick on me for that.

It is a rat eat rat world.

"A magical place where I have a freakish large penis and I am also the king of the mushroom people." - by Omen Stone

Phoenix
7/08/2003 9:42am,
Oh, I couldn't agree more FD.

I think there was a time in all of our lives when we were like this guy....you know, putting up with other people's bullshit.

But to me, what this punk kid was doing was a sign of weakness and surrender to provocation.

"Everybody knows...if the police have to chase you down, they're brining an ass kicking with them". - Chris Rock

Jamoke
7/08/2003 9:46am,
Fatalvision, have you ever been gang raped, or raped in any way? The reason i ask is, you always talk about it. is it something you would like done to you?

i dont think you type the way you do because your deaf, honestly, my sister is deaf, you would never know it in her writing. Although you can tell by her speach, but not her writing. i am being honest on this.

FATALVISION, i just think your one dumb fukking shitt head.

so stop blaming it on being deaf, because your a ass clown and a LIAR.

"When attacked insult, and insult to kill"