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Man Arrested For Planning A Twilight: Breaking Dawn Theater Shooting

We were shocked and devastated earlier this year when we heard the news of a gunman entering a theater showing The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado and opening fire. Twelve people were killed, 58 injured, and countless affected. That’s why it’s so hard to comprehend someone trying to copy the behavior of the shooter. Crisis was averted yesterday when police arrested a 20-year-old man after receiving a tip from his mother. She believed he was planning an attack on a theater full of people sitting down to watch the last film in the Twilight series this week and it turns out she was right. 

Police say Blaec Lammers from Bolivar, Missouri told them he’d never fired a gun before this week when he purchased two assault rifles and 400 rounds of ammunition and traveled to a neighboring town to practice. The Springfield News-Leader reports:

In a probable cause statement prepared by the Bolivar Police Department, police say Lammers’ mother contacted authorities Thursday, concerned that her son had purchased weapons similar to the ones used in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting and that she was concerned he might be planning a movie theater shooting.

An officer approached Lammers at the Bolivar Sonic and he agreed to come to the police station to be interviewed. During the interivew, Lammers said he had purchased two assault rifles for hunting, the statement said. As the conversation progressed, police asked Lammers about recent shootings that had been in the news.

He went on to tell them he felt he had a “lot in common” with the people involved in the Aurora attack and that he had had homicidal thoughts. He informed them he had purchased tickets to a local showing of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with the intent of shooting those present and that if he ran out of bullets he would have also killed people at a nearby Walmart in order to procure more. The police also reported the suspect was off his medication but did not specify which

Lammers has been charged with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action.

(via Buzzfeed)

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  • Joanna

    Great. Officially afraid to go to the cinema now.

  • Denise Hutchins

    I know some cynical folks’ reaction to this will be unpleasantly sympathetic to the potential shooter simply because it was planned for the Twilight film but it’s despicable that anyone would plan to attack strangers seemingly because they’re just easy targets as a scheduled crowd (regardless of what fandom they’re a part of). It makes me upset that our social pastimes are no longer safe due to the fact that they bring people together. It’s the opposite of what nature dictates; publicly available assault weaponry has eliminated safety in numbers.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I’d replace “cynical folks” with “terrible human being” in that sentence for anyone who has that thought.

  • Oliver Jonas Queen

    Agreed. You may not be a fan of something,but that doesnt excuse this kind of horror. And good on that guys mom for turning him in…its possible that because of her actions,hundreds of lives were saved(including her sons,who will hopefully get the help he needs).

    I am worried though about what these recent events are going to do to the movie-going experience…I have no desire to pay $50 a ticket in order to finance metal detectors and TSA-style intimate pat downs. Going to the movies,to me,is all about escape…and I cant do that and relax if I have to run a security gauntlet and then have an armed guard seated two rows behind me for the entire movie. These kinds of events may be what finally kills off the concept of seeing movies in a public place outside of your home…and that makes me sad.

  • Emily S.

    I really hope this isn’t becoming the “thing” to do at midnight premieres. I have great memories of going to see the Harry Potter movies at midnight, but now I have to admit I’m not going to be very keen on going to midnight shows if this keeps happening. Many people aren’t, for that matter, and it’s just awful. I hope the answer isn’t metal detectors like Oliver said, but honestly I think the number of people who actually go to these shows will drop before it even gets to that point. Not to mention the number of people who will just stop going to the movies altogether, and perhaps settle for watching movies online or just waiting for the DVDs.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Man oh man, good thing they caught this one before it was too late. It could have turned out very badly for this, and that they’re charging him with making a terrorist threat.

  • Matt Graham

    I heard this on the news last night and I just felt my blood boil. Batman once said “There’s nothing wrong with him I can’t fix with my hands”, and when I hear about people and incidents in this vein, I always feel like that.

  • Matt Graham

    Don’t be. I refuse to let these people take away or control any happiness in our lives.

  • Rebekah Jones

    This. Heck, I HATE Twilight- but then again, I hate it because I feel it reinforces the messed up messages our society sends out about “love” in a particularly destructive way, which negatively affects the people who read it.

    So in a round about why I hate Twilight because I care about people, so I guess I’m not of the mindset some others have of hating a entire fandom because of it.

    You would have to be pretty sick to hate some group who does little harm to such a extent you would wish ‘em dead.

  • Anonymous

    I know the types of people who do these things are probably mentally ill in some way, but…Jesus. What drives them to that point? Hopefully he can get treatment wherever he gets put.

  • Elias Algorithm

    My joke only involved bringing a copy of Dracula, and I wasn’t even willing to actually do THAT.

  • joe

    One he didn’t kill anyone, he didn’t threaten anyone, and he didn’t assault anyone, what should of happened is they should of called medical intervention on him not put him in jail. He has not committed any crime but really really needs forced medical attention.

  • Bel

    How could you possibly know that?

  • Anonymous

    This, so much.

    Really, I’d think the cynical reaction would be more along the lines of “well, wonderful. Now we can expect to see some psychopath hope to try this at any big ‘event’ film that’ll be packed. Wait for the inevitable lunatic planning to target crowds at Iron Man 3, or the Hobbit.”

    Which, god, I hope that’s not even remotely accurate, because the world doesn’t really need any more horrific violent acts; there’s a surplus as-is.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I’m not a judge but I’m pretty sure intent of mass murder is a crime. Especially when you confess to it.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a terroristic threat though. The definition of terrorism is the violence or the threat of violence against a civilian population for the purpose of influencing governments or achieving political goals. Mass killings that have no intention of coercing governments or a civilian population are just tragic, mass killings. It’s the difference between murder and a terrorist attack. The legal definition is kept intentionally vague, but from a poli-sci perspective this is not the correct use of the term.

  • Naomi Williams

    Thank-you, Mrs. Lammers, for not turning a blind eye.