Pokemon tournament shooting plot foiled thanks to Facebook sleuthing

When one thinks of Pokemon, images of childhood innocence typically come to mind.  Thanks to police in Boston, this association was kept intact.

On Saturday, it was announced that two men were arrested in relation to a plot to commit a mass-shooting at the Pokemon World Championships.  According to officials, Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, both from Iowa,  were arrested after a search of their vehicle uncovered “a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife”.

Police were tipped off to this after an August 19 Facebook post in which Stumbo posted an image of the two guns saying he and Norton were ready for the world championships.  In response to a comment on the post, wishing them good look, Norton responded “With killing the competition?”

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Both are charged with several firearm-related charges.  The championship competition, which awards some $500,000 in scholarship prizes, continued without further incident.

 

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