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Suspended Medical Student Threatened Mass Shooting, According to Court Documents

A search warrant says police found 1,834 rounds of ammo in the man's home.

by Hilary Beaumont
Sep 2 2015, 3:40pm

The new allegations are the latest in a string of bad news for the school. Photo via The Canadian Press

In what appears to be Halifax's second mass shooting threat in the past seven months, police have arrested a suspended Dalhousie University medical student after he confessed to a psychiatrist he wanted to shoot 10 to 20 people and stab two people connected to the medical school.

According to a search warrant obtained by the Canadian Press, police alleged Stephen Gregory Tynes told a psychiatrist he wanted to stab his classmate and her mother, an associate dean at the medical school. In the warrant, police say they searched Tynes's apartment on August 21 and found two rifles—a Russian SKS and a Golden Boy .22-calibre—and 1,834 rounds of ammo, the Chronicle Herald reported. They also allegedly found a firearms acquisition card and a gun club card.

The 30-year-old is charged with uttering threats. He has yet to enter a plea in the case.

None of the recent allegations against Tynes have been proven in court.

Last week, a Halifax court released Tynes on bail, on the condition that he live with his dad in Truro, a town outside of Halifax, and not contact any of the people he allegedly threatened. He is not allowed to be within 25 kilometers of Dalhousie.

Dalhousie ramped up security last week after the school found out about the death threats, with campus security posted at the entrances to school buildings to check IDs.

The school says it has a security plan in place after the threats came to light. Dalhousie also suspended Tynes.

This is the second time in 2015 that police have intercepted an alleged mass shooting threat in the small east coast city.

Earlier this year, two people were charged and a third person killed himself after allegations of a failed mass shooting targeting the Halifax Shopping Centre came to light.

The alleged plotters of the averted Valentine's Day shooting earlier this year are set to go to trial in November. On their Tumblrs, the alleged conspirators glorified Nazis and the 1999 Columbine shooting.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and arson, possession of illegal dangerous weapons, and uttering threats using social media.

Tynes will be back in court on September 15.

The new allegations come less than two weeks after a first-year Dalhousie medical student was charged with first-degree murder in relation to the death of another Dal student.

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