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Mom thwarts man's plot to shoot filmgoers at screening

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This undated photo provided by the Polk County, Mo. Sheriff's Department shows Blaec Lammers, 23, who is accused of plotting to open fire inside a movie theater during a screening of the new 'Twilight' film. Lammers, of Bolivar, Mo., was charged Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 with three felony counts, including making a terrorist threat. Bolivar police say his mother contacted authorities Thursday, saying she was concerned her son had purchased weapons similar to those used in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff's Department)

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By Springfield (Mo.) News-leader
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 7:38 p.m.
 

BOLIVAR, Mo. — A Missouri man has been charged after authorities say he admitted to planning to shoot up a “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” movie theater screening this weekend.

Blaec Lammers, 20, was charged on Friday morning in the 38th Judicial Circuit with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action.

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

Former Colorado graduate student James Holmes, 24, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others on July 20 during a special midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

An officer approached Lammers at a Sonic restaurant, and he agreed to come to the police station to be interviewed. During the interview, 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.

“Blaec Lammers stated that he had a lot in common with the people that have been involved in those shootings. Blaec Lammers stated that he was quiet, kind of a loner, had recently purchased firearms and didn't tell anybody about it, and had homicidal thoughts,” the statement said.

Lammers then said he had bought tickets to a Sunday screening of the new “Twilight” movie and had purchased the guns with the intent of shooting people at the theater that night.

He also told police that after he “got to thinking about it,” he would shoot people at the Wal-Mart store in Bolivar because if he ran out of ammunition, he would be able to break the glass where the ammunition is stored and get more.

Lammers said he purchased 400 rounds.

The felony complaint accuses Lammers of having “knowingly communicated to Dustin Ross (Bolivar police officer) a threat to cause shoot (sic) people at the Bolivar Wal-Mart Store, an incident involving a danger to life, by stating the same to him, and the defendant did so for the purpose of frightening ten or more people.”

According to the statement, Lammers said he had purchased one of the guns on Monday and the other on Tuesday. He said he then went to Aldrich, Mo., on Tuesday to practice shooting.

Lammers said he never has shot a gun, the statement said.

Bolivar City Administrator Darin Chappell said on Friday that there was no reason to believe anyone was working with Lammers.

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