This past weekend the United States was rocked by two different mass shootings that claimed at least 29 lives in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. This all came shortly after another mass shooting in Gilroy, California that claimed another four lives.
A concerned grandmother in Texas may have averted the next tragic mass shooting by acting when she learned of the threat posed by her own grandson.
According to NBC News a 19-year-old from Lubbock, TX named William Patrick Williams told his grandmother he had purchased an AK-47 and was planning to “shoot up” a hotel.
Thanks to his grandmother that didn’t happen. According to NBC:
“Williams’ grandmother’s concern for her grandson’s well-being and the safety of others was able to convince him to go to a local hospital to get treatment, authorities said.”
It seems Williams was serious about his threats and that his planning for the attack was well underway. He had rented a hotel room and when police searched it they found an AK-47 along with “17 loaded magazines, and multiple knives. They also found black tactical pants, a black trench coat, and a black T-shirt that read “Let ‘Em Come,” reports NBC.
According to NBC Williams has been arrested and charged with making false statements to a firearms dealer and could spend up to five years in prison.
His grandmother may have acted just in time to save countless lives.