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Second school shooting ‘plan’ turns up in Santa Fe

SANTA FE — Newly released police reports indicate there’s a second note with plans for a school shooting that turned up the same week as another one that resulted in the arrest of three Santa Fe High School students.

One report describes a meeting on Thursday in which a Santa Fe Police detective received a “suspicious note” found by a “documented confidential informant.” The note “which appears to outline a ‘school shooting plan'” was dated Nov. 3. The informant found the note in a parking lot of the San Isidro Apartments on San Ignacio Road on Nov. 5, according to the report.

The police report doesn’t say whether this note specifies which school was the subject of the “shooting plan,” and a Santa Fe police spokesman said there would be no comment.

The police reports also don’t say whether this note is believed to have any connection to a letter found at Santa Fe High last week, dated Oct. 28, that led to the arrest of three students on Wednesday and Thursday. That letter detailed a list of students and teachers to kill, a map of the school with locations for killings, and profane comments that include homophobic and racial slurs.

Aaron Encinias, Santiago Trujillo and Julian Carter, all ages either 14 or 15, were arrested on charges including “engaging in terrorist activity.” They maintained the letter was a joke. Encinias told police he wrote the letter, and Trujillo and Carter admitted to viewing it.  None of the three are listed with addresses at the San Isidro Apartments where the other note was found.

The police reports released Monday say the shooting letter that Encinias admitted to writing was found folded on the ground on the Santa Fe High campus on Nov. 7, as a group of students were leaving the SFHS business center “to produce a safety video for the school.” They gave the letter to a teacher.

Encinias, Trujillo and Carter are expected to make a court appearance today.

Robb Rael, Carter’s stepfather, said last week that Carter, 15, told police that he was handed the letter in class by the two other boys, thought it was a joke, and told Encinias to add his name to the target list.

Rael said not telling an adult was Carter’s only transgression. “A young man at that age… they don’t see the seriousness of it, the consequences, like adults do. Their minds aren’t developed yet,” said Rael.