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Police in Richmond, Virginia said Wednesday they thwarted a planned July 4th mass shooting after receiving a tip that led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of several weapons, an announcement that came just two days after a deadly mass shooting on vacation in a Chicago suburb.
A “hero citizen” heard a conversation indicating an attack was being planned at the city’s popular Independence Day celebration and called police to report it, Police Chief Gerald Smith said at a news conference. He didn’t know where this conversation took place, but he said the suspects were targeting Dogwood Dell, a local amphitheater.
Julio Alvardo-Dubon, 52, was arrested July 1 on charges of not being a US citizen in possession of a firearm. Authorities then placed Rolman A. Balcarcel, described as Alvardo-Dubon’s roommate, under surveillance because they had no probable cause to arrest him. Four days later, the 38-year-old man was arrested on the same charges. Additional charges are possible, Smith said.
Alvardo-Dubon and Balacarcel were being held without bond at a local jail, the chief said.
The apparently foiled plot was planned for the same day a gunman opened fire from a rooftop during a Fourth of July parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, killing seven people and wounding more than three dozen.
Robert E. Crimo III was charged with seven counts of murder on Tuesday. The shooting sent hundreds of people fleeing in terror and sparked an hour-long manhunt. Authorities have yet to identify a motive in that shooting.