2 accused in alleged Halifax mall plot arrive in court
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) An American woman and a Canadian man accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall were brought to court Tuesday.
Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 23, of Geneva, Illinois, and Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Halifax, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Police said they foiled a plot by three suspects who allegedly were planning to mark Valentine's Day by killing as many people as possible at the Halifax Shopping Center in Nova Scotia and then commit suicide.
The third suspect, a 19-year-old man, fatally shot himself early Friday after police surrounded his home in the Halifax suburb of Timberlea, a senior police official told The Associated Press.
Souvannarath confessed to the plot when she was arrested at the Halifax airport early Friday, the official said, adding that she had prepared a number of pronouncements to be tweeted after her death.
Shepard was also arrested at the airport, where he went to meet his friend, police said.
The suspects used a chat stream, were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Police acted quickly after receiving information from the public on the Crime Stoppers tip line.
Souvannarath and Shepherd arrived at court Tuesday for what was expected to be a brief appearance.
Associated Press reporter Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this story.