Florida trucker arrested just days before he planned to carry out a mass shooting at a Memphis church, slit the pastor’s throat and then kill himself
The FBI arrested Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, in Indiana claiming he planned to carry out a mass shooting on Thursday at a church in Tennessee
McVicker , who’s shown smiling in social media photos taken before his arrest, made ‘credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide,’ according to court documents filed Monday
A friend of McVicker’s tipped off the FBI after he told her he ‘intended to take his knife and split the pastor’s throat’
The affidavit doesn’t specify a motive or identify a specific Memphis church
His mother claimed that he owned a Ruger P90 handgun and is being treated for schizophrenia
McVicker’s employer confirmed that he requested off Thursday and that he indicated he would spend the time in Memphis
This comes after police thwarted three potential mass shootings in the span of three days late last week
Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly planned to carry out a mass shooting on Thursday at an unspecified church in Memphis, Tennessee
A photo of smiling would-be mass shooter Thomas McVicker emerged this week. The Florida truck driver who was arrested after saying he would commit a mass shooting this week at a church in Memphis, Tennessee.
Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, is seen smiling in social media photos taken before he was apprehended in Indianapolis before his plan could be carried out, according to court papers filed Monday.
It’s the most recent case in a string of men being arrested around the country as potential mass murderers after they have threatened to carry out mass murder by firearm.
‘The man [McVicker], made ‘credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide’ planned for Thursday, an FBI special agent said in a sworn affidavit.
The affidavit doesn’t specify a motive, nor does it identify a specific Memphis church.
Earlier this month, a friend of McVicker in the southern Alabama town of Fairhope told a Florida FBI agent McVicker has been considering ‘shooting a church up’ or killing people on the street.
‘I was thinking about shooting a church up but I am afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after I’m gone,’ McVicker wrote in a text to the friend on August 9.
He didn’t give a reason for the attack to the friend, but instead said ‘spiritual snakes’ and ‘evil entities entered his body and are torturing him,’ the affidavit states.
Later, in a telephone call, the friend said McVicker told her the church shooting would happen when he was in Memphis on Thursday and that he ‘intended to take his knife and slit the pastor’s throat.’
The circumstances of his arrest in Indiana weren’t outlined in the affidavit.
His mother told the FBI he owned a Ruger P90 handgun and sometimes uses cocaine and methamphetamine.
She also said her son is being treated for schizophrenia.
The FBI says it confirmed with McVicker’s employer that he requested leave time Thursday and that he indicated in the request that he would spend the leave time in Memphis, the affidavit states.
White nationalist James Reardon Jr, 20, was arrested after threatening to shoot up a Jewish community center in Ohio
McVicker’s friend did not learn of an exact location from the phone call. However, ‘McVicker insisted that ‘something’ would happen when he was in Memphis,’ the affidavit states.
Court records in Alabama show McVicker received a ticket for driving a truck in an improper lane in Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham, in June 2014.
He was working for Swift Transportation of Gary, Indiana, at the time, records show. McVicker failed to pay the fine until 13 months later, after his driver’s license was suspended, records show.
Court records list McVicker’s address as ‘I was thinking about shooting a church up but I am afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after I’m gone,’ McVicker wrote in a text to the friend on August 9. Gorda, Florida, but the whistle blower told the FBI that McVicker lives in his semi.
Tristan Scott Wix, 25, [L-R], was arrested Friday in Daytona Beach Shores after he sent text messages threatening to commit a mass shooting to his ex-girlfriend. She then contacted police
Brandon Wagshol, 22, [L-R], was arrested on Thursday in Norwalk, Connecticut, after he allegedly, posted on Facebook about wanting to commit a mass shooting. He was charged with four counts of illegal possession of large capacity magazines and is currently being held on $250,000 bond.
This comes after it was police thwarted three potential mass shootings in the span of three days late last week, just two weeks after the US saw two devastating massacres that left 29 dead in 13 hours.
Across the nation Law enforcement arrested three men in separate incidents in Connecticut, Florida, and Ohio after receiving tips from the public.
The would-be shooters, ages 20 through 25, included a Connecticut man who posted on social media about his interest in committing in a mass shooting, a Florida man who threatened to shoot dead at least 100 victims and break the world record for longest confirmed kill, and a white nationalist who targeted a Jewish community center in Ohio.