The chief of police for the Spanish Fort (AL) Police Department told reporters that his officers were able to take into custody a man who had allegedly been planning a mass shooting and had opened fire inside a Bass Pro Shops retail store.
According to ABC News, a gunman—identified by police as 38-year-old Robert Smith—opened fire on employees and shoppers at a local outlet of the national chain store on Saturday.
Officers quickly responded to the incident, deployed a TASER on the gunman, and took him into custody.
Spanish Fort Police Chief John Barber said, "I definitely believe that our officers prevented what would have been a mass shooting incident. When they encountered Robert Smith, he had a bulletproof vest on. From the pictures I've seen, he had several weapons. He had three AR rifle platforms, one AR pistol, a 9mm short rifle, a shotgun, and two pistols with several hundred rounds of ammunition for all the weapons.
Smith now faces charges of resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied building, and second degree assault.