Authorities in California arrested a hotel cook, Rodolfo Montoya, 37, who worked at a Marriott in Long Beach, after he told a co-worker Monday he planned to come into work and shoot everybody he saw at the hotel because of a so-called human resources issue. The police confiscated an arsenal of weapons at his mobile home, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and tactical gear, including an assault rifle and high-capacity magazines. “Suspect Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty incident,” Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said Wednesday.
Long Beach, California
It seems he was inspired or motivated by previous masss shooting incidents. At least 29 people have been arrested in 18 states for threatening mass violence since the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings. Montoya does not appear to have any criminal history that would have prevented him from owning firearms. Montoya was held on suspicion of making, possessing and distributing assault weapons and making criminal threats. He was held on $500,000 bail.