15.1 C
London
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

‘Heldburger’ tip foiled mass shooting planned for July 4th celebration in Richmond, Virginia, police say

Must read

A student was murdered at a Purdue University residence. His roommate is incarcerated.

A Purdue University student will be charged with murder after his roommate was murdered at an Indiana campus residence, according to the school's police...

Limit reached – Join the EU Startups CLUB

€147/quarter This option is ideal for companies and investors who want to keep up to date with Europe's most promising startups, have full access...

The Antler Investor Memo: Wellbase Keeps Employees Healthy and Happy

Early stage investment firm Antler Australia recently supported 13 startups as part of its ongoing program to build great local tech companies. For...

Elon’s biggest Twitter question about free speech is in the courts, not the platform

In April, Elon Musk wanted to buy Twitter to save free speech. Now he's apparently buying Twitter again, and it raises questions about...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.



CNN

A phone call saved countless lives and prevented a possible mass shooting during the July 4 celebrations in Richmond, Virginia, the police chief and mayor said Wednesday.

The “hero” tipster overheard a talk that a mass shooting was being planned for the celebration at the Dogwood Dell amphitheater and called that information to police on July 1, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said at a news conference. The amphitheater can seat 2,400 people, according to the city’s website.

On the same day as the tip, police went to a residence on the 1000 block of Columbia Ave. where they found the weapons and ammunition. In all, police found two assault rifles, a handgun and 223 ammunition in the house, Smith said.

A man was arrested on Friday and police were monitoring a second person, who was arrested on Tuesday, the chief said. Both suspects were charged with being non-citizens in possession of a firearm.

“They were actually planning to ruin our Fourth of July party,” Smith said. “We know what their intention is, but we don’t have their motive, we do know that they lived in the same location.”

Both men are being held without bond in the Richmond City Jail, Smith said.

“Our officers have been quietly investigating and working with their law enforcement partners and the community to end what could have been a terrible day for the city of Richmond,” Mayor Levar Stoney said. “As we continue to live through an era, an era of mass shootings all over our country, no community is immune.”

The United States Department of Homeland Security and the FBI were also involved in the investigation, Smith said. Police did not elaborate on plans for the mass shooting but reiterated the significance of the tip.

“There’s no telling how many lives this heroic citizen saved with one phone call,” Smith said. “Public safety is a responsibility of all of us. One phone call saved countless lives on July 4.

The news from Richmond comes just two days after a mass shooting killed seven and injured dozens during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The Highland Park massacre highlights an already bloody American spring and summer — more than 300 mass shootings have occurred across the US in the past 186 days, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks such incidents.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

A student was murdered at a Purdue University residence. His roommate is incarcerated.

A Purdue University student will be charged with murder after his roommate was murdered at an Indiana campus residence, according to the school's police...

Limit reached – Join the EU Startups CLUB

€147/quarter This option is ideal for companies and investors who want to keep up to date with Europe's most promising startups, have full access...

The Antler Investor Memo: Wellbase Keeps Employees Healthy and Happy

Early stage investment firm Antler Australia recently supported 13 startups as part of its ongoing program to build great local tech companies. For...

Elon’s biggest Twitter question about free speech is in the courts, not the platform

In April, Elon Musk wanted to buy Twitter to save free speech. Now he's apparently buying Twitter again, and it raises questions about...