An armed man was found dead at an amusement park and was investigating mass shootings. His plan remains a mystery

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Denver (AFP) – A A heavily armed man The man found dead at a mountaintop amusement park in Colorado last year had researched mass shootings online, authorities said Thursday, but investigators have not determined why he amassed such an arsenal or did not follow through on “everything he was planning.” .

The body of Diego Barajas Medina, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found in a bathroom at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the morning of Oct. 28 in a building that houses a ride that drops 110 feet into the caves. . His body was surrounded by alcohol and weapons, according to A Previously issued 911 calls. The words “I’m not a murderer. I just wanted to get into the cave” were neatly written on the bathroom wall.

The discovery led to the belief that Medina, who entered the park while it was closed, may have been planning a deadly attack on the attraction located above the Colorado River in western Colorado. But three months later, his intentions remain ambiguous.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a written update on its investigation that it was “unable to reveal any motive why Diego would have amassed such a deadly arsenal and has not explained what happened to change his mind and why he did not follow through with what he wanted.” Planning.”

Despite the description of the 911 call, no alcohol or illegal drugs were found in his system, and there was no evidence he was working with others or was a member of an extremist group, the sheriff’s office said. He also had no criminal record or any known ties to the park. Friends, family and school officials described Medina as “a bit of a loner,” she said.

“In the end, Diego committed suicide in the women’s restroom at the amusement park for reasons known only to him,” the statement read.

Medina’s family has never spoken publicly about what happened. His brother did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and the person who answered hung up his phone when contacted by The Associated Press.

Medina, who lives with his mother and brother, was wearing black tactical clothing with patches and logos that made him appear as if he had ties to law enforcement. He was in possession of a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun and several magazines of ammunition for each gun, as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition, the sheriff’s office said. He was also in possession of real and fake homemade explosive devices.

The Sheriff’s Office said Medina legally obtained all of his weapons, ammunition and tactical equipment online. Both weapons were identified as so-called ghost guns, which are untraceable firearms that lack a serial number and can be purchased and manufactured by anyone without passing a background check, she said.

“The Sheriff’s Office acknowledges that given the amount of weapons, ammunition, and explosive devices found, Diego could have carried out an attack of devastating proportions on our community resulting in multiple injuries and possibly the death of members of the public as well as first responders,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “As a community, we are fortunate and grateful that this did not happen.”

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Associated Press writer Jesse Pedine contributed to this report.

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