A Lidl warehouse worker who has a fascination with infamous killers and mass shootings and planned a ‘hitman-style attack’ will be jailed.
Reed Wischhusen, 32, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of having an explosive substance and possessing ammunition with intent to kill people.
Wischusen was also found guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm without a certificate.
He listed people he believed had wronged him in the past as targets for an attack in a document called ‘Revenge’.
In the document, he wrote: ‘Yes, revenge is on my mind it’s a powerful motivator, be nice to get back at the people who caused me stress and worry over the years it’s been eating away at my brain like cancer.’
Prosecutors argued the ‘revenge’ document had outlined his murderous intentions – and said he was ‘building’ the weaponry needed to turn it into a reality.
Wischhusen previously admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possessing a prohibited firearm and possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate.
The judge said: ‘In terms of where we go from here, I would not be prepared to sentence without a pre-sentence report and I will order one and it will have to look at the issue of dangerousness.
‘I think there should also be a psychiatric report because there are so many troubling features about the defendant’s conduct.’
During the one-week trial, the court heard how the Lidl worker had a fascination with mass shootings like the Oklahoma bombing in 1995, Dunblane massacre in 1996 and the Columbine shooting in 1999.
He was described as having developed a ‘macabre interest in infamous killers’ such as Thomas Hamilton, the Dunblane shooter, Raoul Moat, and American cop killer Ralph Mclean.
Wischhusen attempted to take his own life during a police search of his home in November 2022.
The jury was directed by Judge Martin Picton earlier to find Wischhusen guilty of an eighth charge of having an explosive substance.
He has been remanded in custody until his sentence on December 15 and the judge ordered pre-sentence reports.
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