Report: Md. police arrest would-be mass shooter

WASHINGTON – Prince George’s and Anne Arundel county authorities have successfully stopped a gunman allegedly planning a mass shooting, according to a WJLA report.

The arrest reportedly took place Thursday night in Crofton. Police found an “arsenal” of weapons in the home of the suspect, now in custody, who was facing termination from his job in Prince George’s County. The suspect worked for Pitney Bowes, a hardware and software company with a major center in Lanham, law enforcement sources tell WJLA. He reportedly made specific threats against the company.

In a tweet, WJLA’s Dan Patrick reports “‘Joker’ was referenced.”

A law enforcement source tells WTOP police found a combination of roughly 25 handguns and “long guns,” including semi-automatic weapons.

This incident comes one week after a shooting in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. That alleged shooter, James Holmes, reportedly referenced Batman villain The Joker when he was arrested.

The suspect arrested on Friday has not yet been identified.

The Prince George’s County Police Department will hold a joint news conference at 1 p.m. Friday. Stay with WTOP for more.

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