Woman Thwarts Mass Shooting by Taking Potential Shooter Grandson to Hospital
Man was plotting to shoot innocent civilians in a Texas hotel
A woman has prevented a mass shooting in Texas after she became suspicious about her grandson's behavior and took him to a hospital to get treatment.
After police investigated 19-year-old William Patrick Williams, it turned out his grandmother's suspicions were correct and he was plotting to gun down innocent civilians by opening fire in a busy hotel.
Williams of Lubbock was promptly arrested by federal authorities on Thursday after a short hospitalization.
“This was a tragedy averted,” Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said in a statement.
"I want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot."
The news follows the tragic mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday that left 22 people dead and many more injured.
According to Fox News, Williams told his grandmother he purchased an AK-47 rifle and planned to "shoot up" a local hotel and commit suicide by cop, federal prosecutors said last week.
The woman convinced him to let her bring him to a hospital instead.
She gave authorities consent to search a room Williams rented at the hotel.
Officers found the rifle, 17 magazines loaded with ammunition, several knives, a black trench coat, tactical pants, a T-shirt that read "Let 'Em Come" and black gloves with the fingers cut off.
A check of the form used to purchase the weapon found Williams listed false information, including his address.
He was arrested for allegedly making false statements to a firearms dealer.
He faces up to five years in prison.
Williams was allegedly speaking to his grandmother on the phone when she became concerned that his threats were more than words, according to the criminal complaint.
According to Heavy, she “could hear Williams manipulating a firearm on the phone and was able to persuade Williams to let her pick him up.”
Fearing that Williams now had the tools needed to carry out his potential plot, she got him the help that he needed and alerted the authorities.
The arrest came mere days before another a gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart on Saturday and opened fire.
So far, the shooting's death toll is 22, with many more injured.
A few hours later, on Sunday, another gunman killed nine people in a separate spree in Dayton, Ohio.