Texas Grandma Stops Grandson From Committing Mass Murder

When William Patrick Williams told his grandmother he wanted to shoot up a hotel, she talked him into getting help.

Lubbock, TX – A Texas grandmother has been credited with stopping a mass shooting after she talked her 19-year-old grandson into getting psychiatric help.

William Patrick Williams called his grandmother from a hotel room on July 13 and told her he was feeling homicidal and suicidal, The Washington Post reported.

His grandmother told police she could hear him fiddling with the new AK-47 he’d just purchased as he talked to her.

A criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Williams told his grandmother that he wanted to “shoot up” the hotel and then “commit suicide by cop” when police responded to the scene, The Washington Post reported.

Williams’ grandmother talked him into letting her take him to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock for a psychiatric evaluation instead.

When officers searched his hotel room later with Williams’ permission after he had been hospitalized, they found that the man had set out his guns and all of his gear on his bed, The Washington Post reported.

Police found an AK-47 rifle, 17 magazines loaded with ammunition, a black trench coat, black tactical pants, gloves, and a black t-shirt with the words “Let ‘Em Come.”

"This was a tragedy averted," U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a statement. "I want to praise the defendant's grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot, as well as the Lubbock police officers and federal agents who investigated his unlawful acquisition of a deadly weapon."

“We avoided another huge crisis,” Cox told The Washington Post.

Cox said the 19 year old was not on any state or federal watch lists and gave all the credit to the would-be gunman’s grandmother.

“We wouldn’t have known he was contemplating this,” the prosecutor said. “She saved his life, injury to him, and probably to multiple people’s lives.”

Williams was arrested Aug. 1 and charged with making false statements to a firearms dealer, The Washington Post reported.

Court documents said Williams had submitted a firearms form to a gun dealer on July 11.

On the form, he said that he lived at his aunt and uncle’s address, according to The Washington Post.

However, Williams had moved out of the aunt and uncle’s home several days earlier.

Federal officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives determined the address was outdated when Williams signed the form, The Washington Post reported.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Comments (16)
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TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I cannot say enough about this Grandmother. He was obviously very serious about this and was all ready to go. I hope he gets the help he needs. I know that must of been a hard thing to realize what her grandson almost did. Praying for them both 🙏👏❤️

NomonK
NomonK

These actions are far better than Gun Control it is really Life Control.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

So good to see him getting help,he reached out and it was taken as just what it was,a plea for help.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This is what parents and grandparents are supposed to do. They are NOT supposed to turn a deaf ear to such utterings and the try to tell the world how "he was such a good boy and was turning his life around" after he did something like this.

Txn81ve
Txn81ve

The cost of locking him up would be better served in paying for his psychiatric care! Locking him up won’t help him!

Tex-Mex gal
Tex-Mex gal

This grandmother is truly a loving, caring & understanding person, not only towards her grandson, but also towards strangers. She listened & heard her grandsons cry for help. She reacted quickly and was able to save many lives including her grandson. I hope he gets all the help that he needs.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Finally!!! A family member who actually cared and didn't worry about "snitches get stitches"!!

Rj's
Rj's

The thing this Sound like a choreographed story and it has Trigger words in it it could fit into a case for removing guns.

FSchloss
FSchloss

She did the right thing. Must have hurt to do it, but not as much as if he'd killed people and she'd said nothing. Kudos to this lady. I'd be proud to meet her.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

You go grandma.........

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Another case of it has nothing to do with the weapon it is mental illness that kills not guns. Technically, he purchased the weapon legally and they would have never known about the address (because they did not check or ask) and another mass killing would have occurred. The Progressives would have lost their collective mind, yelled it is Trumps fault and there would have been a meltdown.

I’m tired of being made to pay because the Progressives don’t want to address mental illness 51-50.......

lynzee55
lynzee55

I believe that aid to the mentally ill is our number one way to fix this problem and several others. I do not mean a band-aid on the problem I mean serious help. Institutions with caring and well-trained staff, clean and workable living conditions and daily monitoring of meds. This will cost far less than the way we are handling it now.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Can this guy be rehabilitated? If so, is it because he reached out? What if it was a guy that did not reach out and was foiled before he did anything? Would we think he could be rehabbed?