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Friendly dog averts ?killing spree? Man drove from New Brunswick with small arsenal Car packed with 6,000 rounds
FROM CANADIAN PRESS
A man who told police he was bent on a murderous rampage thought people in his native New Brunswick were nice, so he planned to move his shooting spree to Toronto instead ? until a friendly dog changed his mind about the city?s residents. The man drove from the Maritimes with a carload of guns and ammunition intending to kill as many people in Toronto as he could before a last-minute encounter with a woman and her dogs convinced him Torontonians are nice, too.
?He wanted to start a killing spree,? said Det.-Sgt. Bernadette Button. ?He didn?t indicate why, but (did say) that the people in the Maritimes were nice so he thought he?d come up to Toronto.?
By chance, he encountered a woman walking her two dogs.
?One of the dogs approached him and it was playful and they got into a bit of a tug-of-war,? Button said.
?He decided that the people in Toronto were nice and he didn?t want to continue with his operational plan.?
James Stanson, 43, was charged with eight weapons-related offences after a man surrendered to police Wednesday in front of a supermarket in the city?s east end.
Stanson appeared in bail court this morning, but was set to be assessed to determine his mental stability before he made a second appearance later in the day.
Police said the man had a loaded gun in his pocket and a car crammed with more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and had intended to start firing at a popular lakefront park in the Beaches, police said.
The man was a dog owner and his car was packed with doggie blankets, a big plastic dog dish still filled with dry kibble. Police said he had left his own dog in New Brunswick.
After visiting the park, the man, who police describe as mentally ill, drove around the city looking for a police officer.
Const. Fraser Douglas, 25, was responding to a shoplifting call in front of the nearby supermarket when the man drove up behind his cruiser and honked his horn.
?He asked the officer who he approached for (psychiatric) help, or he was going to do something serious,? Button said.
At that point, the man said he had intended to go on a shooting spree.
Officers tallied the cache Wednesday night, counting carton after carton of bullets.
The list included: a 12-gauge shotgun, a bolt action rifle with a telescopic lens, a 9-mm semi-automatic, a machete, throwing knife, camouflage ski mask, black leather gloves, and 6,296 rounds of ammunition.
Police say they have a dog to thank, but do not know the identity of the pet?s owner.
2 rifles, and a handgun (presumably) isnt really a fucking arsenal. ...and 6,000 rounds worth of bullets could fit in a small backpack. I'm not quite sure how he managed to have "a car crammed with more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition"
I guess for Toronto that may be an arsenal... I only hope that canadian tourists never visit the deep south, where 2-3 shotguns are mounted up in the windows of pickup trucks!
now... the machete, throwing knife, camouflage ski mask, and black leather gloves are another story, as that guy must be sick!
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