Fort Worth Police Say They Prevented Mass Shooting With Help From Concerned Father

Alan Scaia
September 10, 2019 - 8:59 am
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Fort Worth police say a tip from a concerned father helped them prevent a mass shooting.

They say a man's father came to them three days after the shooting in Midland/Odessa to say he was worried about his 27 year old son.

"He wanted to kill many people," says Officer Buddy Calzada. "He wanted to do something that was very similar that took place in the Midland-Odessa area, and he kind of wanted to mimic that."

Calzada says the man tried to buy guns at several shops, but he failed background checks. He says the man then tried to buy a gun in a private deal.

Police say the man withdrew up to $700 to buy a gun, but their crisis intervention team reached him before he could complete a sale.

"The great part is somebody, which would be the father in this case, was able to reach out to the police with valid information, and we were able to do something very significant," Calzada says.

They say they have had several interactions with the 27 year old in the past, and he has been diagnosed with several mental health issues.

Calzada says the 27 year old is now being treated at a clinic.