A 19-year-old man named William Patrick Williams was taken into custody after his grandmother pursuaded him to seek help when he disclosed his plan.
Recently, two deadly mass shooting claimed the lives of many and injured several people, however, the efforts of an elderly woman helped officials stop another of those from happening. According to CNN, a 19-year-old Lubbock, Texas-based man was taken into custody for plotting another threatening attack. Last Friday, the US Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas identified this man as William Patrick Williams, who was arrested by the special agents of the FBI and ATF after receiving a tip from the suspect's grandmother.
The majority of people planning an attack usually tell someone or those around them see warning signs. It takes courage to say something, but it can save lives.— Chelsea Daymon (@cldaymon) August 5, 2019
A mass shooting was averted by a grandma https://t.co/Z4WfSRBzqk
According to the release statement the man in question was alleged contemplating a mass shooting and for that purpose, he had also purchased the required ammunition. He happened to share the details of his plan with his grandmother who successfully persuaded him to seek medical help. According to reports, Williams told his granny about this plan on July 13 and also mentioned purchasing an AK-47 rifle to realize his life-taking scheme. He shared his plot to "shoot up" a particular hotel and "then commit suicide by cop." However, thanks to her brave efforts she was able to stop him from doing so.
Lied on an application form, surprise! still got the AK-47. Gun shops don’t care because the have zero liability, just keep selling them.— JimW (@jimw6644) August 5, 2019
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Shortly after Williams was admitted to the hospital, authorities took him into custody. Praising Williams' grandmother for her courageous actions, authorities said how her inference saved many innocent lives. "This was a tragedy averted," said US Attorney Nealy Cox about this whole ordeal. "I 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."
A Texas man who bought an AK-47 and said he planned to shoot up a hotel room was arrested last month—for lying about his address on a federal gun background check form. Texas does not have a red flag law. https://t.co/E0j5OfFsOG #gunviolence— Rebel Liberal 🇺🇸 (@RebelLiberal) August 5, 2019
After Williams was arrested at the hospital he gave his permission to search his hotel room where he had alleged stored his weapons according to the release. On searching the premises, the investigators found an AK-47 rifle along with 17 magazines loaded with ammunition. They also confiscated several knives from Williams' hotel room. Prior to the findings Williams' told the officials that he had laid out all his weapons on the bed for the authorities to take them into custody. A black trench coat, black tactical pants, black fingerless tactical gloves and a black T-shirt that read "Let 'Em Come" were among other items that were recovered from the room as per the press release.
"See something, say something" saves lives again.https://t.co/TgYc2J3vLP— Scott Stewart (@stick631) August 5, 2019
The ATF also managed to retrieve a firearms transaction form (filled out on July 11) on July 21. After going through the details they discovered that Williams had lied about his actual residence. Now, authorities are charging him for making false statements to a firearms dealer as he claimed to be living in at an address from which he had already been evicted. According to sources, this offense carries up to five years in federal prison.
The amount of denial I have seen in my own personal life is staggering and has made me feel helpless many times as a professional, as a parent, an ex-wife, and a citizen. We need more accountability and transparency starting from the first 'red flag'. https://t.co/WxN3tTt4QM— Sue Kenney (@svak321) August 5, 2019
A special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas field office, Matthew DeSarno said, "The FBI worked closely with our partners at the ATF and Lubbock Police Department to prevent the defendant from potentially committing a violent act." Adding further DeSarno expressed, "This case is a perfect example of law enforcement agencies coming together to find a solution that protected the public from harm." Urging people to come forward with any such information Cox said, "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."
All praise to this grandmother in Lubbock. She saved untold lives. https://t.co/MfLtRkUZ0N— Hood Bitch Gadol ✡️☭🌹 (@thespinsterymc) August 5, 2019
If you're wondering about the prevailing laws that could help someone stop a potential threat then you should definitely take a look at the Red Flag law. According to a report by CNN, if you observe a person in crisis and feel that they could pose a threat to the society then you can seek a court order to temporarily prevent them from having access to their firearms. Take for example California's red flag law, which makes it legal for family members to request a judge to firearms from a relative who might be a possible threat to others. If you are residing in one of the 17 states that have this law, make sure to use it if you observe any warning signs (red flags).