Blaec Lammers (Image source: KSDK-TV)
A Missouri man has been charged after admitting to planning a mass shooting during a screening of the new "Twilight" film this weekend, authorities said.
Blaec Lammers, 20, of Bolivar, Mo. allegedly told local police that he purchased two assault rifles, 400 rounds of ammunition and a ticket to a Sunday showing of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" with the intention of shooting people at the theater, the Springfield News-Leader reported. He told police he "had a lot in common with" recent shooters he'd seen on the news.
"Blaec Lammers stated that he had a lot in common with the people that have been involved in those shootings. Blaec Lammers state that he was quiet, kind of a loner, had recently purchased firearms and didn't tell anybody about it, and had homicidal thoughts," a statement from the Bolivar police department said, according to the Riverfront Times.
He was charged with attempted first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action, the News-Leader reported.
According to the statement, Lammers' mother contacted authorities on Thursday after he purchased the weapons out of concern he might be planning something similar to the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July.
A police officer approached Lammers at a local Sonic and convinced him to come to the station for an interview, according to the News-Leader. Lammers initially said he bought the weapons for hunting but later said he had planned to shoot people.
He told police, according to the statement, that after he "got to thinking about it" he decided to shoot people at a local Walmart so if he ran out of ammunition he could stock up again.
Lammers said he had planned to keep shooting until police arrived and would then turn himself in, the statement said.