WASHINGTON - Police in Maryland say a man who called himself "a joker" and threatened to shoot up his workplace was in the process of being fired.
Police say the 28-year-old man was taken into custody Friday morning. Investigators said he was wearing a T-shirt that said "Guns don't kill people. I do." He was taken into custody for an emergency mental health evaluation and charges are pending.
An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press Friday that Neil Prescott of Crofton, Md., earlier this week phoned in a threat to software and mailroom supplier Pitney Bowes that he was going to "shoot the place up."
Investigators say a search of Prescott's home turned up more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
The official says though the suspect referred to himself as "a joker," there is no other known connection to a deadly shooting last week at a Colorado movie theater during the latest Batman movie.
Police say they considered the threat significant especially since a gunman in Colorado killed 12 people in a shooting during the latest Batman movie.
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