Las Vegas-style mass shooting thwarted outside Hollywood high-rise: police
Los Angeles police believe they stopped a man in the planning stages of a mass shooting similar to the 2017 Las Vegas massacre that killed 60 people and injured over 400 others.
Loaded assault rifles and a sniper rifle were shown out of an 18th-story window of a Hollywood skyscraper with an “unobstructed view” of the crowds below, but police made an arrest Tuesday before a single shot could be fired.
According to police, several high-powered rifles, a sniper rifle, a shotgun, handguns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were seized while executing the search warrant at Lumina Hollywood’s home.
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The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Braxton Johnson, was arrested.
“The suspect was on the 18th floor of an apartment building with large windows overlooking a public park on the ground floor and some of the guns were aimed at the outside of the windows,” Lt. Leon Tsap of the LAPD during a press conference.
A photo shared by the LAPD showed the massive stash of guns, ammunition and body armor spread out on a large, rectangular table.
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Police first came into contact with Johnson Tuesday night after receiving calls about a man who was experiencing a mental health crisis and was making criminal threats, according to the LAPD.
The guns were found a day later after executing a search warrant.
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“One of the biggest things to take away from this, and from what we’re seeing here, is that the public saw something extraordinary and actually reached out to the police (and) trusted the police that we’re going to come out and with them.” to work together and bring this to a safe conclusion,” said Lt. Tsap.
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The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if charges will be filed.
As of Thursday morning, there was no immediate update on the prosecutor’s decision.