Police state they stopped a prepared July 4 mass shooting in Virginia’s capital after getting an idea

Police say they stopped a planned July 4 mass shooting in Virginia's capital after getting a tip

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Richmond Police Chief Gerald M Smith gestures throughout an interview at Richmond Virginia Police head office, Wednesday July 6, 2022, in Richmond, Va.

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Police in Richmond, Virginia, stated Wednesday that they prevented a prepared July 4 mass shooting after getting an idea that resulted in the arrest of 2 guys and the seizure of several weapons– a statement that came simply 2 days after a lethal mass shooting on the vacation in a Chicago suburban area.

A “hero citizen” overheard a discussion suggesting there was an attack being intended on the city’s popular Independence Day event and called authorities to report it, Police Chief Gerald Smith stated at a press conference.

Police started an examination, in addition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI, which resulted in the arrests of 2 guys on charges of being a non-U.S. resident in belongings of a gun. Additional charges are possible, Smith stated.

Officers took 2 attack rifles, a pistol and numerous rounds of ammo from a home where the guns and “related material” remained in plain view, Smith stated.

The 2 guys were being held without bond at a regional prison, the chief stated.

The obvious prevented plot was prepared for the very same day that a shooter opened fire from a roof throughout a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburban area of Highland Park, eliminating 7 individuals and hurting more than 3 lots.

Robert E. Crimo III was charged with 7 counts of murderTuesday The shooting sent out numerous individuals running away in worry and triggered an hourslong manhunt. Authorities have actually not yet determined an intention because shooting.

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