Man Police Say Showed Interest in Committing a Mass Shooting Banned from CCSU Campus

A Norwalk, Connecticut, man who was arrested after police say he showed interest in committing a mass shooting in a Facebook post is a Central Connecticut State University student and has been suspended and banned from campus, according to school officials.

Brandon Wagshol, 22, of Norwalk, was arrested after police executed a search warrant and found multiple weapons in his residence, police said.

Police said the weapons found in Wagshol's home were registered to his father and were accessible to him.

Officers seized weapons including multiple handguns, large magazines, rounds of ammunition and tactical gear.

“We are thankful for our partnership with the FBI and fantastic teamwork that quickly brought this investigation from a tip to an arrest” Chief Thomas Kulhawik said. “I applaud the excellent work of our officers and the FBI agents that assisted and remind people, if they see something, say something.”

CCSU president Zulma Toro sent a message to students Friday saying that Wagshol is a student at the university who lived in a residence hall last semester. He has been placed on interim suspension pending further investigation and has also been banned from campus.

“While we don’t anticipate any issues at this point, I want to assure you that we are taking this situation very seriously. Our Threat Assessment Team has been meeting since yesterday morning to ensure every precaution is taken to ensure you and our campus remain safe,” Toro wrote to the school community.

“One of the steps we are taking is a collaboration involving CCSU, New Britain, Newington, and State Police departments to increase patrols on campus,” the message from Toro said. “We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and keep you updated. As we continue to prepare for the start of a new semester, have no doubt that the vibrancy, safety, and well-being of our Central Family will always be uppermost in my thoughts.” 

Wagshol faces charges including four counts of illegal possession of large capacity magazines.

He was held on $250,000 bond and will appear in court today.

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