As mass shootings are seemingly on the rise, a man is arrested after threatening a mass shooting in Maryland at his workplace.
According to Fox News, authorities have arrested a Maryland man they say referred to himself as “a joker” and threatened to carry out a shooting at his workplace. Authorities arrested Neil Scott after he reportedly called his employer and threatened to “shoot the place up.” The 28-year-old Scott called himself “a joker” before his arrest Thursday according to police.
Authorities speculate that the threat could have been carried out as an attempt to copy the recent mass shooting in Aurora, where 12 were left killed and 58 were injured during a screening of the most recent Batman movie release, The Dark Knight Rises. According to the man’s supervisor, Scott called him stating, “I am a joker. I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up.” At the time of his arrest, the suspect was also wearing a t-shirt that read, ”Guns don’t kill people. I do.”
The police say this was a significant thwart of a terror threat. According to Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw, “We can’t measure what we prevented here. We averted a significant…and violent episode.” Upon his arrest, police said they found an “arsenal” of weapons inside his home of more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
The man’s threat came at a time where he was about to be fired from his job at Pitney Bowes, a software and mailroom supplier in Prince George’s County. Scott underwent a psychological evaluation on Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
Man is Arrested After Threatening a Mass Shooting in Maryland.