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Columbine Killers Envisioned Hijacking and Crashing Plane

L.A. Times Staff
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Littleton, Colorado

The two students who killed 13 people at Columbine High School wanted to kill at least 500 others, attack nearby homes and then hijack a plane and crash it into New York City, investigators said. Authorities also said today they planned to question an 18-year-old girl about whether she purchased two of the firearms used in the rampage.

Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone earlier told reporters the goal of the killers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, was to strike during the busy lunch hour to go for “a big kill.”

But in an interview published today in The Denver Post, Stone said the gunmen’s diary indicates that if they survived, they wanted more-- to “hijack an airplane and crash it into a major city.” He said New York City was their target.

“Once they burned the school down, then they were just going to start ravaging the neighborhood, killing as many people as they could,” Stone told the newspaper Sunday.

“I suppose when you first hear it, you think that it’s some horrible fantasy,” District Attorney Dave Thomas told NBC’s “Today” show. “But we now know that at least the first portion of those planned activities were in fact carried out.

“Unfortunately, we also know that had a couple of the devices in the school actually detonated as they had planned, the death toll could have been much higher than it was,” Thomas said.

The diary plotting the mayhem in precise detail, bomb-making materials and weapons were found in the bedroom of one of the two teens.

The pair, enraged by what they considered taunts and insults from classmates, allegedly rampaged through their school with guns and bombs before turning their weapons on themselves. Investigators, amazed at the sheer firepower, are trying to determine if others were involved.

Thomas confirmed reports that an 18-year-old wooan, described as Klebold’s girlfriend, was to be brought in for questioning today about whether she had purchased two of the four firearms used in Tuesday’s massacre at Columbine, a 9 mm carbine rifle and a TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol. Authorities were attempting to determine if any law was broken, he said.

Thomas said the woman has not been named as a suspect and no arrests were imminent. He said he didn’t know if she supplied the guns or if she knew what Harris planned.