The police in New Mexico have revealed the extent of the arsenal that an 18-year old high school student was in possession of when he killed three people during a rampage on May 15, 2018.
Beau Wilson of Farmington fired at random in the neighborhood where his home was located and discharged over 190 rounds before he was fatally shot by police.
The Farmington Police Department reported on Thursday that Wilson used three weapons, including an assault weapon, in the attack. Investigators discovered a backpack with 125 rounds for a rifle in.223 caliber and 34 rounds 9mm ammo near the front of the house he shared.
According to the police, two 30-round magazines of.223 caliber were found next to the backpack. The magazines had been taped together to facilitate reloading. Detectives found that Wilson purchased 220 rounds of ammunition in.223 calibre two days prior to the shooting.
The Associated Press reported that Wilson also purchased, on the same day, three magazines with a 30-round capacity, specifically designed for.223-caliber firearms.
At a May press conference, Farmington Police chief Steve Hebbe stated that Wilson was wearing what looked like a modified vest, with steel plates. He also said a note found in Wilson’s pocket after the rampage. The message was written in green letters and said, in part: “If you’re reading this, I’m the end of the Chapter [sic].”
The note continued, “Lay your eyes on me or my dearest sister and I promise there will be regrets (sic)”
Wilson continued to fire with two pistols, dumping a.22-caliber gun and then depleting rounds from a 9-mm handgun in the final shootout with police, during which he let off at least 18 rounds, according to police. In the final gunfight with police, he fired at least 18 shots with a 9mm handgun, after dumping a.22 caliber pistol.
The authorities said that it appeared he fired indiscriminately, as bullets hit 11 vehicles along with seven houses. The shooter killed long-time Farmington residents Gwendolyn Schoffie, 97, Melody Ivie (73), and Shirley Voita (79).
One of the victims was Farmington Police Sgt. Rachel Discenza and New Mexico State Police Officer Andreas Stamatiadas. The officers were treated and released from a local hospital.
Wilson struggled, according to reports. He had to leave the wrestling team at his high school. His mother told NBC News that Wilson relied on his wrestling team to give him a sense purpose while he was dealing with the divorce of his parents and falling behind in class.
Daxton Allison, a former teammate of Wilson, and Brent Stover, a former assistant wrestler coach, told NBC News that Wilson’s departure from the team was due to a strained relation with the head coach.
This report was contributed by Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, and the Associated Press.