It could have been another Aurora massacre but, luckily, it was prevented in the nick of time. The Bolivar Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man planning a gruesome shooting at a “Breaking Dawn Part 2” screening this weekend.
According to News-Leader, Blaec Lammers was “inspired” by the Aurora massacre of earlier this year, when a lonesome shooter walked into a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire on the moviegoers.
“A Bolivar man has been charged after authorities say he admitted to planning to shoot up a movie theater screening of Twilight this weekend,” News-Leader reports.
“Blaec Lammers, 20, was charged this morning in the 38th Judicial Circuit with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action,” the same media outlet says.
It was Lammers’ mother who alerted the police, after noticing her son’s odd behavior for the past few days.
Having heard of the Aurora massacre and knowing her son to have some issues, she immediately feared the worst and called the cops.
Turns out she was right.
Police officers detained Lammers for questioning two days before the planned shooting. He initially admitted to purchasing two assault rifles for “hunting” but later owned up to the truth: he was getting ready to go out and cause a bloodbath at a movie theater.
“Blaec Lammers stated that he had a lot in common with the people that have been involved in those shootings. Blaec Lammers stated that he was quiet, kind of a loner, had recently purchased firearms and didn’t tell anybody about it, and had homicidal thoughts,” a statement from the Bolivar Police Department reads.
Lammers had also bought 400 rounds of ammunition and tickets for a Sunday screening of the film. This being the final installment in “The Twilight Saga,” he could count on a packed theater.
“He also told police, according to the statement, that after he ‘got to thinking about it’ he would shoot people at the Walmart in Bolivar because if he ran out of ammunition he would be able to break the glass where the ammunition is stored and get more,” News-Leader says.
Currently, Lammers is being held on a $500,000 (€392,865). Police are deeply grateful to his mother for having had the courage to turn him in because, in doing so, she saved a lot of lives.