Man accused of threatening gunfire at school

Published On: Oct 03 2012 09:57:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2012 06:35:09 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A Katy man has been accused of threatening to open fire on a school campus.

Patrick Joseph Hudson, 19, was charged with making a terroristic threat.

Court documents said that Hudson made the threats in an online chat room and that a witness in North Carolina notified the FBI in Washington D.C.

Investigators said chat logs from Oct. 1 showed Hudson, known as SS_Patrick posted, "What better way to go out with a bang that killing a bunch of little kids. And after that... don't want to live through the trails [sic] ... so I off myself in the classroom."

Hudson later said he would "leave a few survivors so that a select few would never grow up correctly," according to the chat logs.

According to court documents, Hudson said he would commit a shooting an elementary school because they typically do not have police officers on campus. He also mentioned that it would take a while for police to get there, so he would have time to shoot many people. He said that the goal was not to survive but to send a message, according to court documents.

Hudson also said that he wanted to live stream the killings online, investigators said.

He also expressed admiration for Jeff Weise, a 16-year-old who killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend before he killed seven people a Red Lake Senior High School in Minnesota in 2005.

The comments were made on a chat room called overclock.net.

According to court documents, a FBI agent spoke to Hudson's mother, who told them that she had warned her son in the past about what he posts online. The mother then called her son and handed the phone to an agent. Hudson told the agent that he worked at OfficeMax in Rosenberg and was about to make a delivery to an elementary school, detectives said.

The agent then went to the store and Hudson told him that the comments were a joke and some of the language was from lyrics in a song, investigators said.

Hudson's computer was taken in for evidence. He was arrested on Tuesday night. He's being held in the Harris County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Court records did not reveal which school that Hudson may have targeted in his comments.

"We handled this from the moment it was reported to us with extreme urgency and very aggressively," FBI Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said. "Our agents were woken up in the middle of the night, contacted about this threat and began working this investigation."

Prosecutors said this was not the first time Hudson has gone online to threaten school children. Investigators said he made several threats in the past to blow up elementary schools.

The superintendent of the Katy Independent School District sent a letter home with students on Wednesday about the incident.

"Katy ISD was notified by the FBI yesterday that threatening statements were made by an individual in an Internet chat room towards an 'elementary school.' While no specific school or district was named, the district was made aware of the situation as the suspect lives in Katy. It was determined that there was no immediate threat to any Katy ISD district campus or facility as the suspect was in the company of FBI agents throughout the day. The individual was later charged and arrested for making a terroristic threat," said Alton Frailey, Katy ISD superintendent.