Reports indicate that what could have ended as a major tragedy was averted thanks to tips from the public and a quick acting from the convention center management of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where this year’s Pokemon World Championship is hosted.
Two men were arrested and charged with several gun violations after making a “very real threat” [sic] via social media and then showing up at the convention with a lot of firepower. The two men that Boston police arrested this weekend, were Masters invitees James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18. In the trunk of their car, Police found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun and a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife. Both men were arrested back at their hotel on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm-related charges as neither could produce a license to carry firearms.
The whole thing started when Stumbo posted a photo of the arsenal with the caption “Mayhem Pokemon Crew, Kevin Norton and I are ready for Worlds Boston here we come!!!”. There came a reply with “Good Luck” from a Facebook user to which Norton replied “With killing the competition?”.
Whether the two guys were just showing off a large e-penis or they intended a massacre at the Pokemon World Championship, it’s great to see the authorities acting so quick and prevented a possible large-scale tragedy. Pokemon players consist of a large portion kids and minors and it’s terrifying to think of what the two could have done at an event of this scale. It should also be used as a reminder for the less mature people, that you shouldn’t joke about things like that. With the charges put up against the two, it’s unlikely that they’ll play any more Pokemon anytime soon.
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