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Police say a potential tragedy was avoided Friday when a Missouri man was charged with plotting a shooting at a The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 screening that mirrored the events at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater this summer.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, Blaec Lammers, 20, has been charged with first-degree assault, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail.
The Bolivar Police Department said in a statement that it was his mother who noticed that her son was buying weapons that were similar to those used during the mass shootings in Aurora back in July. She called police on Thursday.
Police interviewed Lammers. “Blaec Lammers stated that he had a lot in common with the people that have been involved in those shootings. Blaec Lammers state 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 police noted.
KCTV5 reports that he did admit that the firearms were purchased for a planned shooting at a Sunday screening of Twilight. He had purchased tickets for the showing.
Court documents show that he also targeted a Walmart, believing that he wouldn’t have enough ammunition on him, so he would have to make a trip to one nearby. He also said he did practice at a shooting range.
Daniel VanOrden, Circuit General Manager for B&B Theatres of Fulton, Missouri, thanked police for their work in preventing the shootings in a statement to USA Today. “We appreciate the Bolivar Police Department for acting swiftly to avert any threat to the multiple potential targets, thus making this a non-incident," he said.
The Aurora shootings took place on July 20, during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. James Holmes has been charged with killing 12 people and injuring 58 others, notes CBS News.