DC Area Cops Stop Potential Mass Shooting At Suspect's Job

More perfectly legal guns, held in reserve by someone for when he finally blows his stack. Not that I can't understand the stress of losing your job in these desperate times, of course. But if this guy didn't have all those guns and ammo, he

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More perfectly legal guns, held in reserve by someone for when he finally blows his stack. Not that I can't understand the stress of losing your job in these desperate times, of course. But if this guy didn't have all those guns and ammo, he wouldn't have been much of a threat to anyone but himself, now, would he?

I wonder if our politicians would finally care about gun control if this possible slaughter had actually happened in their backyard. Nah, probably not:

Authorities in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties have foiled what they believe would have been a mass shooting by a man who was about to be fired from his job, police sources tell ABC 7 News.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC 7's Brad Bell that the suspect, Neil Prescott, 28, was taken into custody in Crofton on Thursday night. According to officials, the man was facing termination from his job as a subcontractor for Pitney Bowes, the document, mailing and shipping company.

“I am a joker and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” he allegedly said, according to documents.

He was also wearing a T-Shirt that said: "Guns don't kill people. I do," when authorities took him into custody. Prescott is being held for a psychiatric evaluation and charges are pending.

"We can't measure what we prevented here," Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said. "We averted a significant...and violent episode."

Prescott is being held for a mental evaluation at a hospital.

Investigators say a search of Prescott's home turned up more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. He had a Maryland state gun collector's permit. The guns appear to be collected legally, authorities say.

Law enforcement sources say the suspect allegedly called a former co-worker and threatened that he wanted to shoot his former boss. He went so far as to say he wanted to see his supervisor's brains "splattered all over the sidewalk," according to court documents.

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