Napa police: Middle school student planned shootings at two schools

Napa police say they’ve arrested a middle school student and found evidence at two homes that the suspect was planning mass shootings at Napa schools.

The suspect, a River Middle School student, was arrested and has been in custody since Jan. 2 after police served search warrants at two homes and found evidence supporting the shooting plans, police said Monday night.

Police said they learned of the plans after a fellow student came forward to say the suspect was talking about plans to commit the school shootings.

The suspect threatened to kill the student who came forward when the student told the suspect that he or she was going to report the threats to parents and the police, police said. Police did not name either student nor disclose their genders.

Police said the suspect was looking at attacking River Middle School and Vintage High School.

“We do not believe there is a current threat to any NVUSD (Napa Valley Unified School District) students related to this incident,” police said Monday.

The investigation is ongoing and several students are being interviewed, police said.

“We want to praise the victim for coming forward and talking to their parents and the police,” police said. “We believe based on the information collected at this point, this was possibly a tragedy averted and are thankful for the information provided to us.”

Suzanne Espinosa Solis is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sespinosa@sfchronicle.com

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