Police believe they prevented mass shooting at Washington festival


The safety and well-being of fans at music festivals have been topics of growing importance in recent years. With the tragedy of the 2021 Astroworld Festival still at the forefront of artists’ and fans’ minds, crowd behavior is under greater scrutiny today than perhaps ever before.

And, more recently, officers arrested a man at the Bass Canyon EDM Festival in Grant County, Washington, after several reports of suspicious behavior.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement via Facebook on August 20 about the event: “Citizens and Security notified deputies at approximately 9 p.m. of a male in the parking lot. Witnesses’ suspicions were aroused when they saw the man inhale an unknown substance or gas from a balloon and then load two 9mm pistols from the trunk of his car. The man concealed one pistol in the back of his belt and the other in a holster outside the belt. The suspect, later identified as Jonathan R. Moody, 31, of Ephrata, approached the audience, asking them what time the concert ended and where people would exit the venue.

The post continued, “Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday night believe they arrested an Ephrata man who may have intended to carry out a mass shooting at the Gorge Amphitheater.”

Moody did not attend the venue, where “more than 25,000 people attended” the music festival, as reported by the sheriff’s office. The Friday night show was sold out. Thus, upon his arrest, Moody was arrested on “suspicion of one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying or unlawfully handling a weapon”. He was placed in the county jail and no bystanders were injured.

“Remember: if you see something, say something,” county police concluded. “Citizens saw something completely out of place for the circumstances and alerted security, who in turn alerted MPs. This combination of situational awareness and the realization that “something is wrong” prevented a potential tragedy. »

Read the County Police’s full statement HERE or below.


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