PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office in Washington believes its deputies stopped a man from carrying out plans to commit a mass shooting at the Gorge Amphitheater Friday night.
The sheriff’s office said people at the event and security personnel notified them at around 9 p.m. of a man in the parking lot.
Witnesses 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 hid one gun in the waistband of his pants and the other in a holster that was outside his waistband, witnesses told investigators. The suspect then approached concertgoers and asked what time the concert ended and where they would be leaving the venue.
The person with the guns was identified as 31-year-old Jonathan R. Moody of Ephrata, Wash.
The sheriff’s office said Moody never made it inside the venue. Security stopped him outside the gates and disarmed him of his two pistols.