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Man arrested in NorCal planned 'Las Vegas style' mass shooting, police say

SF Gate 9/26/2022 Amy Graff
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A 37-year-old man was arrested by police in Northern California on Sunday for allegedly plotting a "'Las Vegas style' mass shooting with a specified deadline," officials said.

The Chico Police Department said detectives obtained evidence that the man was planning to kill both specific civilians and police officers, and a no-bail felony arrest warrant was issued.

The investigation also found that the suspect was staying at the Super 8 Motel in Chico, and at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, SWAT officers took the suspect into custody without incident near the hotel. At Chico police headquarters, he later allegedly threatened to kill police officers and their families and hurled a table at an officer during an interview, police said.

The suspect was booked at the Butte County Jail and could face multiple charges, including criminal threats of death and great bodily injury, threats of violence against peace officers and battery against a police officer, Chico police said.

In 2017, a lone gunman opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas, shooting and killing 60 people and wounding more than 400 others. 

Chico is a small city of nearly 100,000 that's about 160 miles northeast of San Francisco. 

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