How These Cops Kind Of Accidentally Prevented A Massive School Shooting

Police in Tampa, Florida had reason to believe that a man had been distributing child pornography. With plans to arrest him, they raided his home in search of evidence. However, they weren't at all prepared for what they actually found...

Growing up, Randall Drake was always a bit of an odd kid. He was raised in the town of Dunedin, about 25 miles away from Tampa. Starting in the third grade, Randall's parents chose to homeschool him. With that experience, the young boy didn't have too many friends. However, he still wanted to do something good for his community and felt that law enforcement was the best choice...

Connecting With Police

Randall soon signed up for the Tampa Police Department Explorer Post. The program gave Tampa kids an intimate look into what police did on a daily basis. Most kids who graduated from this program would go to college, serve in the military, or even join the police academy. But not Randall.

Life At A Standstill

Instead, Randall continued to live at home with his parents, unable to keep a stable job. His only take away from his time at Police Explorers seemed to be a love of guns. Randall's last job was at Tampa’s Florida Firearms Academy. However, he eventually was fired after weirding out his co-workers...

Strange Behavior

One day, Randall strolled into the academy with a flak jacket on and a gun strapped to his thigh. After several strange incidents with him, his co-workers couldn't take it anymore. He was soon let go. Later on, that incident would give some insight into Randall's twisted mind.

Police Suspicion

Two years after that incident, Randall was still living at home with no job. To make matters worse, he found himself under investigation by police. Officers had received some information that Randall was distributing child porn. After receiving a warrant, they raided Randall's parents' home in the fall of 2017. Police didn't find porn, but what they did find was absolutely terrifying...

Weapon Obsession

In a locked closet, police found that Randall's love of guns had gone much too far. He had multiple firearms including handguns, a 12 gauge shotgun, a .308 caliber rifle, an AK-47, and over 2,300 rounds of ammunition. He also had 15 knives, a crossbow, and even three homemade explosives. But that wasn't all the cops found...

Researching Targets

In addition to all of these weapons, police found something even more shocking. Randall had a bunch of maps and aerial photos of both an elementary and middle school as well as a water treatment plant. With Randall's extensive weapon collection, it appeared that he was preparing to hurt a lot of people.

A Threatening Note

Randall's intentions were made even more clear with a horrifying note he wrote. “The daughters come, and I am ready. I have Fed on my Hatred for centuries," the note read. "My fury at those who imprisoned me shall be vast and without MERCY. I shall have my bloody revenge, and then the WORLD WILL BURN... BURN." Surely, he would be put in jail for all of this...

Almost Free

Randall clearly had a terrible plan in mind, but police couldn't do much. With all of his weapons and maps, and even his note, everything was mostly legal. All the police could charge him for was for the homemade explosives. Even still, Randall was able to post bond and get out of jail. A Florida law would soon take him down though...

Involuntarily Held

Even after being released from prison, Randall was taken into custody under the Baker Act. That law allows officers to institutionalize someone who shows legitimate signs that mental illness may cause him to hurt himself or others. Randall was put into a mental health facility and he won't be getting out any time soon. Thankfully, cops were able to discover his plan before he actually went through with anything!