Authorities in Texas
have apprehended a local man on suspicion of plotting a "mass casualty event" at a Walmart
Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, of Kerrville, was arrested on Friday after authorities intercepted a message from him indicating that he was planning a mass shooting at the store.
The Kerr County Sheriff's Office said in a release Sunday that a warrant-based search of Blevins' home yielded "firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC, and radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags, and handwritten documents."
“KCSO Investigators confirmed Mr. Blevins’ capability of carrying out the threat and moved immediately to arrest him,” authorities said.
He was arrested on a warrant for making a terroristic threat with the intent to instill public fear of serious bodily harm.
Blevins was on active felony probation at the time of his arrest, making him ineligible to possess firearms, according to the sheriff's office, and he has three drug convictions, according to the website Heavy, which cited Texas Department of Public Safety records.
“This case reminds us that we must always be vigilant; many people
believe ‘that can’t happen here,’ but it was well on its way to happening,” Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said in a statement.
Additional charges, including federal charges, may be filed in the case, according to the sheriff's office, and it was unclear whether Blevins has an attorney assigned to him.
According to records kept by the nonprofit research
group the Gun Violence
Archive, mass shootings
involving at least four people, not including the shooter, have increased significantly in the United States
in recent years.
As of Monday, there had been 238 mass shootings this year, for a daily average of 1.6 shootings.