Cook planned a massacre in Marriot hotel in California
Police arrested a hotel cook who allegedly planned to gun down his coworkers and hotel visitors.
Until recently Rodolfo Montoya, 37, worked as a cook in a Marriot hotel in Long Beach, California. Now he is under arrest on the suspicion of planning a mass shooting of his colleagues and hotel guests, CNN reports police saying.
Authorities were alerted to Montoya’s intentions thanks to a tip from a person working with the man. Law enforcement officers searched the suspect’s house and found a large number of firearms including an assault rifle, which is illegal in the state, hundreds of rounds of ammo, high-capacity magazines and tactical gear, police said in a news release.
"Suspect Montoya had clear plans, intent, and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass-casualty incident," Chief Robert Luna was quoted as saying by CNN.
Earlier, ABC reported that over the past two weeks, US police detained 26 people, who threatened to commit massacres in different American cities. All of these arrests were made after the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.On 3 August, a man opened fire at a Walmart store at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. 22 people were killed, more than 20 visitors were injured and the attacker was detained by police. On the night of 4 August, a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people and injuring more wounding more than 20. The shooter managed to fire 41 shots before policemen killed him.