A Bolivar man has been arrested and charged in Polk County Circuit Court with class B felony assault in the first degree, class C felony making a terrorist threat and felony armed criminal action after allegedly planning to shoot people with assault rifles at Bolivar Walmart.
According to a probable cause statement by Det. Dusty Ross of the Bolivar Police Department, Blaec James Lammers, 20, initially planned on attending a showing of the "Twilight" movie at B&B Theatre in Bolivar and shooting people at it.
He had planned on doing it at a showing tonight (Friday, Nov. 16), Ross said in a phone interview.
"Blaec Lammers stated that he had purchased tickets to go see the 'Twilight' movie ... and he was going to shoot people at the movie theatre on that night," the statement said.
"He then got to thinking about it and realized that he might run out of ammunition, so he decided that he would go and shoot people at Walmart in Bolivar. ... He would walk into the store and just start shooting people at random and if he ran out of ammunition (he said he purchased 400 rounds), he would just break the glass where the ammunition is being stored and get some more and keep on shooting until the police arrived," the statement said.
Lammers then planned to turn himself into the police, according to the statement.
Danny McGarrah, manager of the Bolivar B&B Theater, declined to comment. Neither Bolivar Walmart nor its corporate offices have returned repeated requests for comment.
Lammers' mother, who is not named in the statement, contacted the police department around noon yesterday (Nov. 15) and said she was concerned about her son purchasing weapons that were very similar to the ones used in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., and that she was concerned he may have intentions of shooting people at the "Twilight" movie.
She gave the police department a description of the vehicle Lammers was in — a lime green Volkswagen bug that belonged to his girlfriend, Ross said. Officer Michael Sly happened to see it at Sonic on Springfield Avenue and made contact with Lammers at about 1:20 p.m. yesterday.
Ross said after speaking with Lammers, he did not believe anyone else was involved in the plans.
"I think it would have been something he would have done solely on his own," Ross said.
"You'll come across people who will make threats toward people and events but they don't actually take the substantial steps that he took in planning it out," Ross said.
"He got the idea, he purchased the guns, purchased the ammo, went out and practiced using the gun, got his venue, got tickets to the venue, then thought 'Well, maybe if I run out of ammo, I need to pick a different venue.'
"He had taken every step he needed to take except for actually committing the act," Ross said.
Bolivar City Administration Darin Chappell said the police department acted quickly and professionally in protecting public safety.
"The main thrust from our perspective is that there is no credible threat for any place in Bolivar on Black Friday or any other day," Chappell said. "There is just no reason to be concerned about shopping in Bolivar or anywhere around here, as far as we can tell.
"Everything is taken care of," Chappell said. "There's no need to be alarmed."
The city has taken steps to notify any entity that should be notified of Lammers' arrest, Chappell said.
Lammers allegedly planned something similar in 2009.
"Lammers had previously stated that he wanted to stab a Walmart employee to death and went to Walmart and followed an employee around the store before he was contacted by officers," the statement said.
In an interview with Ross, Lammers allegedly said he had a lot in common with individuals involved in recent shootings in the news.
"Lammers stated that he was quiet, kind of a loner, had recently purchased firearms and didn't tell anybody about it and had homicidal thoughts," the statement said.
The suspect was familiar with several high profile shootings, Ross said, discussing shootings at Virginia Tech, Arizona, Columbine, Colo., and Aurora.
Lammers acquired one assault gun on Monday, Nov. 12, and another on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Ross said he purchased both guns, a .223 and .22 similar in appearance to the AK-15s used in the Aurora shooting, from Walmart. He is held in the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
The case is still under investigation, Ross said.