LOS ANGELES: Police On Thursday, it was stated that there wasn’t one evidence Masses are able to be absorbed. shooting Was planned A man who had guns and ammunition stored in his home. Hollywood high-rise apartment.
Braxton Johnson He was taken into police custody after making threats of violence to the security guards at his apartment and others outside.
Police Johnson lived on Johnson’s 18th-floor apartment. We found two assault rifles as well as high-capacity ammunition magazines. of These are also illegal in California. of ammunition.
According to the LAPD, several rifles were pointed out of windows towards a park nearby. Police Although I didn’t find the exact location, online maps indicate that there is a park right next to the apartments.
On Wednesday, Lt. Leonid Tap of the police said that there were a number of people who had been arrested. “high chance” that officers, along with building security staff and witnesses who grabbed Johnson, had “prevented a mass shooting.”
But police backtracked in a statement on Thursday.
“At this point of the investigation, there are no indications that any persons were threatened with a firearm nor have we identified any intent by Johnson to plan a mass shooting incident,” the statement said. “We are working with our federal partners to exhaust all investigative leads and believe there is no threat to the public.”
Police also said they had talked to Johnson’s family “to provide any support services needed.”
Johnson, 25, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of possession of an assault weapon, one count of criminal threats and one count of solicitation of murder. He remained jailed on $500,000 bail.
Details about the threats authorities said he made Tuesday have not been released.
The apartment’s management company referred media inquiries to police.
The cache of guns and their setup in the high-rise apartment were reminiscent of a 2017 massacre in Las Vegas, where the gunman fired 1,057 bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He killed 58 people below the hotel who were enjoying an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities later attributed the deaths of two more people, both of whom had been badly wounded, to the concert shooting.
Officers answered a report of a possible mental health situation Tuesday morning and went to the building on Gordon Street at Sunset Boulevard, an LAPD statement said.
Johnson, who was living alone, was unarmed when he was taken into custody but the weapons seized had “the ability to inflict a lot of damage to a lot of people,” Tsap stated.
Johnson moved in to the apartment just recently. According to police, Johnson had been arrested in the East Coast on suspicion of a crime of violence. Other details were not shared immediately.