A disgruntled California cook who threatened to carry out a mass shooting and had assembled a stockpile of high-powered firearms, ammunition and tactical gear has been arrested, reports NPR. Police arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, in Huntington Beach, Ca., after he told a co-worker at the Long Beach Marriott that he was planning to “shoot up fellow employees and people coming into the hotel,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. Investigators said Montoya was aggravated over a dispute involving the hotel’s human resources department and was planning to seek retribution. A Montoya colleague reported the threat to police. “Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty situation,” Luna said. “Because this was reported, I firmly believe many lives were saved.”
After police received the report, officers searched Montoya’s home, finding a vast array of weapons, such as assault-style riles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and hundreds of bullets. The foiled plot marks at least the seventh instance of a potential mass attack being averted since gunmen in El Paso and Dayton carried out shootings that left a total of 31 people dead in one weekend. It is not known how Montoya obtained such a wide array of weapons and ammunition. With limited exemptions, it is illegal in California to posess assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. At least 30 people have been detained on charges related to possible mass shootings since the El Paso and Dayton incidents, reports USA Today.