A Maryland man who called himself “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his office with an arsenal of weapons was committed to a hospital on mental health grounds, police said Friday.
Police said the suspect, identified in a police warrant as Neil Edwin Prescott, was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don’t kill people, I kill people” when he was initially interviewed by police this week.
Prince George’s County, Md., Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a news conference that the suspect had made multiple threats to his colleagues by phone. In one call, according to Magaw, he said, “I’m a joker, I’m going to load my guns and blow everyone up.”
Anne Arundel County, Md., police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the man’s apartment in Crofton, Md., around 3:20 a.m. Friday and found a cache of 25 guns, including semiautomatic rifles as well as pistols and thousands of rounds of ammunition.