Blaec Lammers apparently changed his mind at the last minute and decided to target a Walmart (NYSE:WMT) near the theater, instead. He was prevented from doing so following a call to police from Lammers’ mother.
Lammers purchased two assault rifles last week in planning for the attack. He also had 400 rounds of ammunition. To prepare for the assault, he test-fired the weapons on Tuesday.
After being detained by police, Lammers spoke freely of his intentions, saying he wanted to fire his bullets and then take more from the supply available at the Walmart. He also said he hoped to use a knife to stab a Walmart employee.
Lammers has a history with Walmart. Three years ago he was questioned by police after he spent time following a Walmart worker inside the store.
Prior to this incident, Lammers was under psychiatric treatment. He is under arrest on charges of planning terrorist acts and armed criminal action.