A Texas teen’s mass shooting plot was foiled after his grandmother informed authorities about his plans to shoot up a local hotel in Lubbock County. He was arrested two days before the El Paso mass shooting in a local Walmart.
According to the New York Post, William Patrick Williams,19, was arrested Friday after telling his grandmother that he purchased an AK-47 rifle on July 13. He told her that he planned to use the assault rifle to shoot up a nearby hotel and to commit suicide by a cop once he was stopped by authorities. Believing that her grandson was suicidal, the woman tried to convince him to admit himself to a hospital to receive treatment.
The teen was hospitalized for a moment until his arrest and police charged him making false statements to a firearms dealer by misrepresenting his address on registration forms.
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US Attorney Nealy Cox praised the boy’s grandmother for taking control of the situation to prevent another tragedy.
want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot, as well as the Lubbock police officers and federal agents who investigated his unlawful acquisition of a deadly weapon. If you suspect a friend or loved one is planning violence against themselves or others, do not hesitate to seek help immediately by calling law enforcement.”
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