Richmond, Virginia police said Wednesday they stopped a planned July 4th mass shooting after receiving a tip that led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of multiple guns.
The “hero citizen” reportedly overheard a conversation indicating there was an attack being planned on the city’s popular Independence Day celebration and called police to report it, Police Chief Gerald Smith said at a news conference.
The suspects were targeting Dogwood Dell, a local amphitheater.
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Richmond police seized three firearms and 223 rounds of ammunition.
The suspects are Julio Alvarado-Dubon and Rolman Balacarcel — neither of whom are American citizens.
Alvardo-Dubon and Balacarcel were being held without bond at a local jail, the chief said.
It’s unclear how the firearms were required.