Missouri Man Arrested for Plotting a ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Theater Shooting
A 23-year-old man from Missouri was arrested on Thursday after confessing he had plans to shoot up a local screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 and Walmart store.
Blaec Lammers of Bolivar, Mo — a small rural community 130 miles southeast of Kansas City — was charged with three felonies in the alleged shooting plot: first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action. He was thrown into Polk County jail on $500,000 bond.
Lammers’ own mother contacted authorities. She became suspicious her son “may have intentions of shooting people” during the opening weekend of the final Twilight film, a police statement read, after Lammers had recently purchased two assault rifles and 400 rounds of ammunition. The weapons were similar to the ones used by James Holmes, the psychotic gunman who opened fire on a Aurora, Colo. movie theater during a Dark Knight showing this past July. Twelve people were killed and several others were injured in that attack.
Lammers, who has a history of mental illness and was “off of his medication,” told police that he had purchased tickets for a Sunday Twilight screening in Bolivar and planned to shoot the people inside the theater. He then planned to move to a Walmart store nearby where he would “just start shooting people at random.” If he ran out of bullets, Lammers planned to “just break the glass where the ammunition is being stored and get some more and keep shooting until police arrived,” a statement from police read.
The two firearms Lammers had bought earlier in the week appeared to have been purchased legally.