How does your son become the suspect in a horrifying plot to spray bullets into a crowd at the Capitol Building?
John Cornell still can’t believe his 20-year-old son, Christopher Lee Cornell, was arrested in an FBI raid on allegations that he bought two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, he told NBC News on Thursday .
“His best friend is his kitty cat,” the father said. “He’s never even fired a gun before.”
Cornell said his son was manipulated by an FBI “snitch” and never would have gone through such an attack.
“I think a lot of it was coercion. I think he got coerced,” Cornell said. “No way he had the money to carry out any kind of terrorist attack.”
The father said his son recently converted to Islam.