Federal officials praised a Texas grandma as a hero after she foiled a prospective mass shooting by bringing her grandson to a hospital after he supposedly made threats.
The boy, William Patrick Williams, 19, was taken into police custody by federal officials in Lubbock, Texas after he told his grandma about a plan to “shoot up” a local hotel and then commit cop suicide.
According to a criminal complaint, the plot was made clear on July 13, just weeks before a couple of mass shootings claimed the life of at least 31 individuals in one weekend when Williams informed his grandma he had bought an AK-47.
Sensing that he could be both homicidal and suicidal, government authorities said the grandma persuaded Williams to go with her to a local hospital instead of shooting, thus averting a future tragedy.
“This was a tragedy averted,” U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox said in a statement. “I want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot, as well as the Lubbock police officers and federal agents who investigated his unlawful acquisition of a deadly weapon.”
“If you suspect a friend or loved one is planning violence against themselves or others, do not hesitate to seek help immediately by calling law enforcement,” she added.
Apparently, Williams gave the officers permission to search a room the teen had rented in a nearby hotel. It was in that hotel room that the police discovered an AK-47 rifle, 17 loaded magazines, and multiple knives.