WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts man who allegedly told his mother he was heading to Washington to kill Secretary of State George P. Shultz was arrested in his motel room today after Secret Service agents were tipped to his whereabouts, authorities said.
Arrested and charged with making a threat against a public official was Edward Lewis Gallo, 41, of Worcester, Mass.
Police said officers removed an M-16 assault rifle and two shotguns from the trunk of Gallo's car.
A State Department official said security around Shultz was strengthened Monday after it was learned Gallo had made the threat.
The official said Gallo's mother had notified Worcester police, who told the FBI.
Sgt. Michael Vacca of the Worcester Police Department said he was told by members of the Gallo family that the suspect was an unemployed chemist who distrusted politicians.
"He had recently lost his job and was pretty unstable," Vacca said, adding that Gallo was said to have left home Monday with a gun wrapped in his army jacket.