While it now seems clear there was no mass shooting incident planned, initial news of the discovery of 16 assorted long guns, “hundreds” of rounds of ammunition, “body armor,” and a “law enforcement duty belt” within four days and one block of the location of the MLB All-Star game in Denver raised some eyebrows.
Obvious comparisons to the horrific Las Vegas shooting came to mind. Never missing an opportunity to portray guns negatively, the media ran semi-wild for a couple days.
Fortunately, between the cash and large quantities of ecstasy, heroin, and meth, combined with the less-than-ideal orientation of the two hotel rooms for an attack actually focused on Coors Field and the apparent mishmash of guns and ammo, plus the lack of “chatter” or apparent planning for an attack, it has become clear that nothing of that nature was intended.
Though police initially feared a “Las Vegas-style” shooting, two days after the maid’s discovery the FBI released a statement trying to calm concerns of a mass shooing . . .
“We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game. We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players or the community at this time.”
Four offenders in their 40s were arrested. Based on initial statements, it does appear that the weapons and other equipment were intended to be sold, just like the drugs that were found.