FBI: Truck Driver Who Planned Mass Shooting Arrested in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS -- A truck driver who federal agents say planned a mass shooting at a Memphis church was arrested in Indianapolis.
The FBI in Tampa received a tip last week that 38-year-old Thomas McVicker of Punta Gorda, Fla., planned to carry out a mass shooting and then kill himself.
According to court documents, McVicker described his plan in a series of text messages to a friend.
“I’m thinking about shooting a church up but I’m afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh when I’m gone,” he wrote. “So I think I’m just gonna kill some people on the street and get away with it then kill myself.”
When the friend urged McVicker to get help, he replied, "...There won't be a glorious turnaround for me. I’m going to be gone soon forever."
McVicker's family said he's being treated for schizophrenia and sometimes uses drugs, according to court documents. His mother told the FBI her son sometimes "hears voices" and claims to be "possessed by demons."
The friend contacted the FBI about the text messages and then reported McVicker again because McVicker was "acting erratically" and said he planned to target a church in Memphis.
The FBI confirmed with McVicker's employer that he'd asked for time off on Aug. 22; his vacation request indicated he planned to go to Memphis, court documents said.
McVicker was stopped in Indianapolis on Monday. He had a P90 Ruger handgun in his possession at the time.
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