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Boston Police thwart potential gun attack at Pokemon World Championship

Police say the two men carrying the guns had threatened violence.

Guns, ammunition and hunting knives found by police ahead of the Pokemon World Championship.
Guns, ammunition and hunting knives found by police ahead of the Pokemon World Championship.
Image: Twitter/BostonPoliceDept

POLICE IN BOSTON prevented a potential massacre at the Pokemon World Championship after discovering a rifle and shotgun belonging to two men who they say had threatened violence.

The two men drove to the event from Iowa but were stopped as they attempted to enter the convention centre in the city.

Public safety personnel at the Hynes Convention Center had contacted police after they discovered threats on social media.

The Daily Beast reports that the threats were on a Facebook group called “Mayhem Pokemon Crew” in which James Austin Stumbo (27) and Kevin Norton (18)  boasted about “killing the competition” at the event.

After the men were stopped from entering the event last Thursday, local police and members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center seized their vehicles and obtained a warrant to search it.

Inside the car they found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife.

Stumbo and Norton could not produce a licence to carry the firearms. They were arrested and later charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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