BOLIVAR, MO (KPLR) - Police avoid possible mass murder in Bolivar, MO after a concerned mom called police. A 20 year old man admitted he planned to shoot moviegoers at the new Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 release and then came up with a way to kill more people.
In a probable cause statement from police, Blaec Lammers, 20, admitted he secretly bought guns & ammo and had very specific plans on how he could kill the most people possible. This was to go down in the small, southwestern Missouri town of Bolivar, MO, about an hour outside of Springfield.
Lammers told a detective that he had a lot in common with recent mass shooters, describing himself as a quiet loner with guns and thoughts of murder.
The court record is a frightening read with details about what Lammers was planned to do on Sunday night. A detective wrote that Lammers said he "...was going to shoot people at the movie theater on that night." and that he even thought he "...might run out of ammunition so he decided that he would go and shoot people at Wal-Mart in Bolivar..."
The court record continues with Lammers' plan of mass murder, that "...if he ran out of ammunition (he said he purchased 400 rounds) he would just break the glass where the ammunition is being stored and get some more and keep on shooting..."
Bolivar's City Administrator, Darin Chappell, said they uncovered this plot because of a tip from the suspect's mother.
Chappell said, "She called the police and let him know what a threat he was. As a community we owe her a debt of gratitude because it certainly could have been much much worse had she not done that."
Chappell said police caught up with Lammers shortly after the tip from his mom. He said, "They got him in about 45 minutes, very non confrontational. They approached him, asked him if he would come back to the police department with them and he was agreeable to that."
The court document lays out how Lammers went through his plans blow by blow, all the way up until the end. Lammers reportedly said he would keep shooting until police arrived, then give up peacefully. The city administrator says he's thankful it ended peacefully before then.
Lammers is now in jail, held on a $500,000 bond.
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