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Md. Police Foil Shooting Rampage By 'Joker'

July 27, 2012  | 

Maryland law enforcement agencies foiled a possible rampage shooting that could have been on the same scale as the Aurora theater massacre, reports WJLA-TV.

When law enforcement officers arrested Neil Prescott, 28, on Thursday he was wearing a T-shirt that said, "Guns don't kill people. I do."

Prescott was facing termination from his job as a subcontractor for Pitney Bowes, the document, mailing and shipping company.

"I am a joker and I'm gonna load my guns and blow everybody up," he allegedly said.

Tags: Active Shooters, 2012 Aurora Shooting, Prince George's County (Md.) PD, Anne Arundel County (Md.) PD


Comments (17)

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DEADMAN @ 7/27/2012 5:58 PM

Police departments should come up with seminars on how to terminate employees for companies and having the companies find out before hand if any employee is breaking up with a spouse or boyfriend to help elimiinate workplace shootings also if the employees has gotten a protection order issued against significant other.

wolfva @ 7/27/2012 6:55 PM

I read the article. So, the only evidence they have that they stopped a mass shooting spree on the scale of Aurora was...
1) He was about to be fired
2) He was pissed off about it
3) He vented to friends and coworkers that he was going to kill his boss
4) He wore a stupid shirt
5) He owned a bunch of guns...LEGALLY.

Yep. Sounds JUST like the guy who meticulously planned, in SECRET, a mass murder spree over a few months, ordering various explosives making materiels over the internet, etc. I think they just busted a kid angry that he was getting fired who was mouthing off; I don't see anything in the article that supports the assertion he was a spree shooter.

rick @ 7/27/2012 7:03 PM

Agreed!

rick @ 7/27/2012 7:03 PM

Agreed!

Randy @ 7/27/2012 8:17 PM

re:wofva. 100% correct.
What a weak "news story"

Bill Nelson @ 7/27/2012 8:18 PM

I think this article did exagerate the similarities between this guy and the batman killer. But even if he did shoot one person it would be a terrible thing and it's good that nothing happened.

JR @ 7/28/2012 12:09 AM

Soooooo, apparently Md police have become the first agency in the nation to come up with a "precog" method of policing? Sounds like "The Minority Report" has jumped from Sci-fy to reality based on the "facts" used for his detention given in this article. Awesome. And what the H are they doing interviewing a guy from California in Maryland as if he's some sort of expert on what happened in Aurora or any other active shooter/mass shooting incident? Great reporting out there in Md I tell ya. Wow. Sorry, but this one just smacks of an "Us too! Us too, we had a scary, mentally disturbed man just like they did in Aurora! But we here in Maryland don't like guns, so thank *insert politically correct deity/organism here* the cops got him first!" mentality to me.

Ron Bartlett @ 7/28/2012 12:32 AM

So they prevented a mass shooting and killing? Really? I do not see it, from what I had read he did not show signs of being unstable as the killer in the Aurora theater did. Ok he made a stupid-a$$ statement, wore a dumb-a$$ t-shirt and he was getting fired how does that add up to a mass killing? Yeah I agree pick him up and have a long interview with him just to make sure but to go as far as to say he would have been a serial killer is just plain asinined.

DC @ 7/28/2012 4:23 AM

Nice grandstanding P.G. Police. A knee jerk reaction to the situation in CO. Use some common sense please. Ruin this poor guys life to push your political agenda. MD is one of the worst states when it comes to gun laws. Threats are not illegal in MD unless you make a threat over the phone then its telephone misuse. (a pretty minor offense) They commited this guy for a phycological evaluation so they could take his guns which I doubt he will be able to get them back. Gun owners beware the gun grabbers are getting more creative when it comes to taking away your 2nd amendment rights.

Laura @ 7/28/2012 5:36 AM

wolfva I to agree for the most part. Stupid it may be, but he did make 2 threatening phone calls to Pitney Bowes. Guess we will have to wait for the Psychological Eval before we really know what he was capable of doing.

Bob M @ 7/28/2012 8:27 AM

Put yourself in thier shoes. Imagine if he had gone on a shooting spree, and they had that knowledge. The fall-out would have been unbelievable. So we find ourselves at a great cross-roads. When do we act, do we have enough to act, and are we acting properly? This won't be resolved overnight, but if the police believe there is a threat to the public safety, they have an obligation to act. The question we have as a society is to decide how to balance that freedom of speech vs. making threats. He had the means, the motive, and the ability. That raises the stakes. I think both the Prince Georges and Anne Arundel County Police Departments did a great job. Now let the courts and mental health professionals do thier job. That is where this needs to move next.
Oh...and if you are willing to wear a T-shirt like that, you have that absolute right. Just expect to attract a little attention, that's all.

Bob@Az. @ 7/28/2012 3:24 PM

Bob M: I agree to a point. Why and where was he arrested? And for the Anne Arundel PD, seems like they have their own problems. I sure would like to learn more about this. Anybody have anymore info?

Random @ 7/29/2012 2:34 AM

Response to "DEADMAN"

Most large corporations do have policies for terminations. They don't normally involve police. It usually treated as an internal security mater. (Unless specific threats are made). Note: I have noticed security usually keeps documentation about the ones they think are dangerous or will pose additional concerns later. I find that people in such security books often show up causing trouble in other places.

SI @ 7/29/2012 8:17 AM

You only need one weapon to be a mass killer. My thought is that this needed further investigation -- an interview, psych eval possibly -- before the knee-jerk reaction. But I also believe it's better to be safe than sorry. I don't think the PD is guilty of anything but a surfeit of caution.

Dan @ 7/30/2012 6:59 AM

Bob M: you are on the money. You cannot take the chance. If he had motive means and opportunity they had, at a minimum, reasonable suspicion. i would suggest there would be some judges that would go so far as to say the had probable cause.

Leslie @ 7/30/2012 11:26 AM

I think this guy thought he had to go to extreme measure to get attention, unlike the Aurora shootings. In my opinion, the Aurora suspect was on mind altering drugs prescribed by his doctor.

Trigger @ 7/30/2012 1:08 PM

Hire an attorney, claim mental duress, get placed on probation, sue the former employer, laugh all the way to the bank!!

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