Their plan was to plant a fake explosive device near a Trussville, Alabama elementary school, and when all the police and first responders came together in one place, they were going to shoot as many of them as possible. They also talked of starting a race war.
Thirty-five-year-old Zachary Edwards already had an extensive criminal record. And now, he and his associate 34-year-old Raphel Dilligard – both of whom are from Birmingham – are being charged with “possession of a hoax destructive device, rendering false alarm and making terrorist threats.”
If their plan had worked, they would have gotten a lot of law enforcement personnel in one place. The one-week investigation spanned several local, state, and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the Trussville Police Department, the Jefferson County Police Department, the state Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Lawmen responded en masse to Magnolia Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 16, after they received a 911 from a woman who reported seeing a Hispanic male place the package on a pickup truck that belonged to a school cafeteria worker. The package was a box with wires and timer attached.
Via Alabama’s AL.com