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Ala. bomb plot influenced by Conn. attack

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — An Alabama teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building homemade explosives, a sheriff said Monday.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said he believed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the teen’s journal describing the plan was Dec. 17, three days after the Connecticut killings.

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Derek Shrout, 17, is charged with attempted assault after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives to attack students at Russell County High School.

Taylor said Shrout told investigators that he is a white supremacist and five of the six students he named in his journal are black. The journal was found by a teacher.

A search of Shrout’s home found several small tobacco cans and two large cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets. Taylor said all they needed were black powder and fuses to become explosives. The journal also allegedly mentioned using firearms. The sheriff said Shrout’s father owned a few weapons, such as a hunting rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun.

‘‘He specifically named six students and one faculty member and he talked about weapons and the amounts of ammunition for each weapon that he would use if he attacked the school,’’ Taylor said.

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