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The Bobster
03-28-2018, 09:18 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/03/28/upper-darby-school-shooting-threat-arrest-an-tso-sun/

Gook Teen Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To ‘Shoot Up’ Upper Darby School
March 28, 2018 at 9:07 am

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — Police in Upper Darby have arrested a teen they say threatened to “shoot up” a local high school.

Upper Darby Police announced Wednesday morning via Twitter the arrest of 18-year-old An Tso Sun.

Police say a military vest and ammunition was found at the teen’s home.

No word where the threat was made or if Sun is a student.

The Bobster
03-28-2018, 10:23 AM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Bonner-Prendie-Shooting-Threat-478173143.html

Exchange Student Threatens to Shoot Up Delaware County Catholic School, Police Say
An Tso Sun allegedly researched how to purchase a gun, police say.
By Dan Stamm
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 18 minutes ago

An 18-year-old exchange student is accused of threatening to shoot up his Delaware County Catholic high school and investigators allege they found ammunition, a crossbow and military-style equipment in the student's bedroom.

The teen, An Tso Sun, was arrested Wednesday by Upper Darby police. The student from Taiwan threatened to shoot up Bonner & Prendergast Catholic High School, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

Sun allegedly told another student to not come to school on a certain day because something would happen, Chitwood said. He then allegedly said he was joking but the fellow student reported it anyway to the school, which alerted police.

Investigators went to the home of the host family where Sun is living after the alleged threats were brought to the attention of police Tuesday. They allegedly found a military-style ballistic vest, military-style web gear with pouches to hold ammo clips, a crossbow with scope and seven arrows, a loading dock for rifle clips, 9-mm ammunition and a strangling device in his bedroom, police said.

Investigators have evidence on a school iPad that allegedly shows Sun researched AR-15 and AK-47 firearms. He was possibly trying to purchase a weapon, Chitwood said.

"I can't commend the school enough for doing the right thing," Chitwood said while saying Monsignor Bonner High School and Archbishop Prendergast High School are "safe schools."

Sun has been in the country on a student visa, Chitwood said.

Sun remained jailed Wednesday, unable to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail on terroristic threat charges. Sun's public defender couldn't be reached for comment.

"He's not denying anything he's being accused of," Chitwood said.

The Bobster
03-30-2018, 07:18 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/03/30/foreign-exchange-student-charged-in-delaware-county-school-attack-unusual-ideas-an-tso-sun/

Former Tutor: Foreign Exchange Student Charged In Delaware County School Threat Had ‘Unusual Ideas’
March 30, 2018 at 7:43 am

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — People who knew the 18-year-old Taiwanese exchange student charged in the U.S. with threatening to shoot up his school say he liked guns and flamethrowers and had dreams of a police career.

An Tso Sun, who has been jailed in Pennsylvania, was “a child who really cares about things,” said Cheng Wei-ting, a tutor who home-schooled Sun in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.

“He was an extremely simple and kind student, yet he would often have unusual ideas,” Cheng said.

Sun idealized the famed Taiwanese-American forensics scientist Lee Chang-yu and wanted eventually to study criminal psychology at an American university :mad:, his father’s friend Tuo Zong-kang told reporters Thursday.

“He planned to study in the same fields as Lee, such as criminal psychology and forensics,” Tuo said.

Sun’s case comes as school shootings in the United States, including the deaths this month of 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, have triggered some of the biggest youth protests in recent years and calls for stronger gun control measures.

Sun threatened to commit a shooting on May 1 at the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School he attended, according to police in Upper Darby.

They said he had live ammunition, a military-style ballistic vest, ammunition clip pouches and a high-powered crossbow in the home where he was staying in the town of Lansdowne, and had researched how to buy weapons.

Sun later said his threat was only a joke, but he has been charged with making terroristic threats.

Defense attorney Enrique Latoison said Wednesday his client “had no intention or plans” to commit a school shooting and many items found were what he wore to school for a Halloween costume contest. He said his client said he was “Just kidding.”

Sun’s latest Facebook post, from October, shows a person dressed in army fatigues, headphones and a brown ski mask carrying what could be an automatic firearm.

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A February 2017 post that was also his Facebook background cover photo shows orange flames being fired beside a cement wall and stairwells leading into a ravine.

An earlier Facebook post — one of several flamethrower images on the site — is the image of a book titled “How to Make A Flamethrower: The Do It Yourself Manual.” Sun made similar YouTube videos.

Sun once made a flamethrower as part of a school science fair, said Cheng, his former tutor. He thought “a day would come when zombies would appear,” she added. He had also devised an escape route from his home, she said.

“What I recall most is that when these school shootings happened in America, he would tell me that if he had been on the scene he would definitely be the first to protect his classmates, so he needs to have a strong physique,” said Cheng, who added that she once helped him research how to join a police SWAT team.

Sun’s parents, actor and assistant film director Sun Peng and actress Di Ying, could not be reached for comment. But Di told Taiwanese broadcaster Sanlih E-Television that her son was a “military affairs fan” who was “making a joke” about his school in the U.S.

Tuo, his father’s friend, told reporters he remembers Sun as “a very polite kid who had good grades, very disciplined and very kindhearted.”

“He lives in a family full of warmth, and his parents are very kind to him,” Tuo said. Regarding his arrest, he said, “I think it is a very, very big misunderstanding.”

Before moving to Pennsylvania, the teenager completed two years of high school at the private Kang Chiao International School in New Taipei City, publicity head Wu Hao-ming said.

Prior to that, he achieved average grades at the private Wego Elementary School in Taipei, where he was popular among peers and teachers and showed no interest in guns, academic director Liu Jen-hao said.

“So this matter (in the United States) we find rather surprising,” Liu said. :rolleyes:

Sun was taken to Delaware County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11.

The Bobster
04-02-2018, 10:08 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/04/02/upper-darby-police-an-tso-sun-1600-round-ammunition/

Police: Exchange Student Accused Of School Shooting Plot Built Gun, Had Over 1,600 Rounds Of Ammunition
April 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — Upper Darby police say a foreign exchange student who was arrested last week for threatening to shoot up his school built a gun had over 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

Police say 18-year-old An Tso Sun of Taiwan, a foreign exchange student at Monsignor Bonner Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, had hundreds of rounds for an AR-15 and AK-47 and a 9 mm handgun he built himself from parts purchased online. The parts are virtually untraceable.

According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Sun had approximately 225 rounds of 12-gauge ammo, 663 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 295 rounds of AR-15 ammunition, and 425 rounds of AK-47 ammo, along with other sorts of ammunition.

Another troubling revelation released during Monday’s news conference was that once detectives informed Sun’s host parent that he was under investigation, the bag which had been in a bedroom at an East Lansdowne residence was moved in an attempt to hide it.

“In my opinion, based on the totality of everything, we certainly feel he was going to shoot down the school,” said Chitwood.

Police declined to identify the host parent and there is no word if charges are pending for that person.

Sun has been charged with making terroristic threats and remains in custody.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a detainer on Sun.