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Officials: Teen planned mass shooting at Dallas-area mall

May 2, 2018
This photo provided by the Collin County District Attorney's office in Texas shows Matin Azizi-Yarand, a teenager from Plano, Texas, who has been charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat. Azizi-Yarand is accused of planning a mass shooting at a mall inspired by the Islamic State terror group. He is being held Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Collin County jail in McKinney. (Collin County District Attorney's office via AP)

PLANO, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas teenager accused of planning a mass shooting at a mall inspired by the Islamic State terror group has been charged with terrorism.

The Collin County district attorney’s office says 17-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand of Plano had planned to release a “Message to America” explaining the attack.

Authorities say he spent more than $1,400 buying weapons and tactical gear, and had been trying to recruit others to help him in the shooting planned for this month.

Authorities learned of the plan when Azizi-Yarand began corresponding with an FBI informant.

Azizi-Yarand is charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat.

He’s being held at the Collin County jail on a $3 million bond. Online jail records don’t indicate that he has an attorney.