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Planned Massacre Foiled By Maryland Cops

Law enforcement officials address the media regarding the foiled plan. (ABC News)(CROFTON, Md.) -- One week after Colorado's movie theater shooting, Maryland cops arrested a heavily armed man who told his employer he was a "joker" who was going to "blow everybody up."

Police said today they believe they "thwarted a massacre."

The suspect, identified as Neil Edwin Prescott in a court document obtained by ABC News, was being dismissed from his job. He made threatening statements to his supervisor at least twice on Monday, police said.

Prescott had an arsenal of about 25 firearms at his residence, including semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, according to a police affidavit. Police said he also had high powered scopes and magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition in "40 large steel boxes."

He was quoted as telling his employer, "I am a joker, I'm going to load my guns and blow everybody up," police said.

"It is clear that the comments made by Prescott reference a recent mass murder which occurred in Colorado within the last several days in which the alleged shooter called himself the Joker, died [sic] his hair red and shot up a movie theater containing men, women and children and showing the 'The Dark Night Rises,'" according to the court document.

"Prescott also stated that he would like to see the supervisor's brain splatter all over the sidewalk," the document said.

Prescott allegedly acknowledged to his employer that he should not be making these statements over the phone, saying, "It's kind of foolish of me to say this kind of things [sic] over government phone."

"In light of what happened a week ago in Aurora, Colorado, it's important to know that we take all threats seriously and if you're going to make a threat, we will take action," Prince George's County Chief Mark Magaw said at a news conference today.

When police arrived at Prescott's house on Thursday to speak to him, he was wearing a t-shirt with the writing, "Guns don't kill people, I do."

He was taken into custody based on an emergency petition for medical treatment, police said. Authorities said Prescott's demeanor was "very quiet" when he was taken into custody and that he was cooperative.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that he is from Crofton, Md.

The man was facing termination from his job with a company doing contract work for Pitney Bowes, a leading company in producing postage meters and machines.

The company released the following statement: "The suspect arrested is an employee of a subcontractor to Pitney Bowes. At Pitney Bowes we have clear security protocol and when we had concerns about this individual, we contacted authorities."

On July 20, shooting suspect James Holmes allegedly opened fire in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded.

Holmes told police he was The Joker, a villain in the Batman movies, police said.

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Maryland Student Arrested After Threatening 'Shooting Rampage'

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A University of Maryland student has been arrested for allegedly threatening to go on a “shooting rampage,” campus police tell the Baltimore Sun.

The newspaper says 19-year-old Alexander Song posted a comment online Saturday night stating, “I will be on a shooting rampage tomorrow on campus.”

According to a police press release, Song also stated, “Hopefully I kill enough people to make it to national news.”

Authorities say police became aware of Song’s threats on and Saturday night after a former student and two other people read them and informed the university.

Song was not armed when he was taken into custody Sunday morning and transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

He faces a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the orderly conduct of the activities, administration or classes at the campus, up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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Were National Guard Members Targeted in Nevada IHOP Shooting?

ABC News(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- Investigators looking into the shooting rampage at a Carson City, Nevada IHOP restaurant Tuesday that left five dead, including the shooter, and seven wounded are trying to determine whether the man targeted a group of National Guard personnel in the restaurant, police said.

Of the 12 people shot in the rampage, five were National Guard members who were sitting together, all in uniform, in the back of the restaurant.  Three of the service members died, police said.

Because of where the Guard members were sitting and the fact they were in uniform, investigators say it appears the shooter -- Eduardo Sencion, 33, a Carson City resident who worked in nearby Tahoe and had no criminal history -- could have targeted them, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said Tuesday evening.

"Information suggests at this point in time that the National Guard members were sitting all the way into the restaurant along the southeast side and that Sencion entered through the front doors and traveled all the way through the restaurant to the back area," Furlong said.

"Obviously when five out of 11 of the victims are uniformed National Guard members, that's taking a priority interest in our agency," he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what motive there might have been for the shooting rampage, the sheriff said.

"There has been some suggestion by his family members that there is some mental health issues that we are going to have to look into," Furlong said.

Sencion allegedly walked into the restaurant shortly before 9 a.m. brandishing an AK-47 and started shooting, then ended it by shooting himself in the head, police said.  He was taken to a hospital where he died three hours later.

Carson City Chief Deputy Jack Freer said the people wounded at the IHOP were taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno and a hospital in Carson City.

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