A missouri man’s Twilight attack plot at a theater showing the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 debut was prevented his own mother called authorities.
Blaec Lammers, 23, is now facing charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and making a terrorist threat.
After her son bought weapons similar to the ones used in the Aurora, Colorado, shooting of the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, she realized that she had to do something to prevent another tragic event.
Bolivar Police Chief Steve Hamilton said: “Thankfully we had a responsible family member, or we might have had a different outcome.”
He said Lammers had been under a doctor’s care for mental illness, while court documents said the suspect was “off of his medication.”
On Thursday, the mother contacted police and stated that she worried that with this weekend’s opening of the final film in the vampire series, her son “may have intentions of shooting people at the movie,” police said.
She said she thought the weapons, two assault rifles and hundreds of bullets, resembled those used by the gunman who opened fire inside the Aurora cinema in July.
Lammers told authorities he bought tickets for a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in Bolivar on Sunday and planned to shoot people inside the cinema.
In addition, he told them that he planned to “just start shooting people at random” at a Walmart store less than a mile away, and claims that in 2009, he intended to stab a Walmart employee to death and followed an employee around in a store prior to officers intervening.
He said he had purchased weapons, and if he ran out of bullets, he would “just break the glass where the ammunition is being stored and get some more and keep shooting until police arrived.”
Police said Lammers bought one firearm on Monday and another on Tuesday. He then went to the town of Aldrich to practice shooting because he “had never shot a gun before and wanted to make sure he knew how they shot and how they functioned.”
Hamilton said it appeared the suspect obtained the firearms legally, but that police were continuing to investigate “to determine how in fact he was able to obtain a permit.”
Polk County prosecutor Ken Ashlock said Lammers’ first court appearance likely will happen Wednesday. He added that his office would file a motion asking for a mental exam of Lammers.
Both the police chief and the prosecutor credited the man’s mother for contacting police.
“It was a good thing they found what they found and took care of it,” Ashlock said. “Everything was there as far as the weapons. He did have the weapons; he did have the ammunition … Those things were all there, and then he made the statements to the officer about what his plans were.”