PALMER PARK, Md. – A Maryland man who called himself a joker and had an arsenal of semiautomatic rifles threatened to shoot up the Washington, D.C.-area business from which he was being fired and was wearing a T-shirt that read Guns Dont Kill People. I Do, when first confronted by officers, police said Friday.
The man, identified in a search warrant as Neil E. Prescott, told a supervisor at software and mailroom supplier PitneyBowes that, Im a joker and Im gonna load my guns and blow everybody up, and that he wanted to see the supervisors brain splatter all over the sidewalk, according to a search warrant.
The threats were made in two phone calls this week, and investigators who searched the 28-year-olds apartment Friday morning found several thousand rounds of ammunition and about two dozen semiautomatic rifles and pistols. He was receiving a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital and charges were pending Friday.
We cant measure what was prevented here, but we think a violent episode was avoided, Prince Georges County Police Chief Mark Magaw said.
In light of what happened a week ago in Aurora Colo., its important to know that we take all threats seriously. And if youre going to make a threat, we will take action, Magaw said.
Though theres no other indication of a link to the Colorado shooting, police believe the joker comments Prescott made were a clear reference to the killings, the warrant says.