WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A mass shooting was prevented about a month ago thanks to the suspect’s own grandma.
- William Patrick Williams, 19, told his grandmother in mid-July that he purchased an AK-47 rifle and planned to ‘shoot up’ a local hotel.
- Thankfully, the teenager’s grandmother convinced him to seek medical treatment instead.
Federal officials reported that a mass shooting had been averted about a month before last weekend’s mass shootings killed more than 30 people — all thanks to the suspect’s own grandma.
An elderly woman had stopped her own teenage grandson from executing his planned attack.
According to reports from the Department of Justice, 19-year-old William Patrick Williams, from Lubbock, Texas, told his grandmother in mid-July that he purchased an AK-47 rifle. He also shared his plans to “shoot up” a local hotel and commit suicide by letting police kill him.
Thankfully, Williams’ grandmother, who remains unnamed, convinced him to seek medical treatment instead. The elderly woman then alerted the police.
Officers found the said rifle in the teenager’s rented hotel room. They also found 17 loaded magazines, several knives, a black trench coat, black tactical pants, a black t-shirt with the statement “Let ‘Em Come,” and black tactical gloves with the fingers cut off.
It was truly “a tragedy averted,” as stated by U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.
The firearms transaction form that Williams used to purchase the gun was tracked down more than a week later. According to officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the teenager had lied about his address by listing a relative’s home.
Williams has since been charged with making false statements to a federally-licensed firearms dealer. He currently faces up to five years of imprisonment.