Less than a month after James Holmes shot up an Aurora, CO movie theater, Scott Smith, a 37-year-old Ohio resident attempted to create a copycat shooting.
A 37-year-old North Ridgeville man was charged Monday, after police say he walked into the Regal Cinemas at Crocker Park in Westlake, carrying a satchel full of weapons.
Police have identified the man as Scott Smith.
Westlake police say Smith bought a movie ticket for the 10 o’clock showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” Saturday night.
A keen-eyed theater manager and off-duty Westlake police officer, who was working security, stopped Smith shortly after he sat down in his theater seat. The officer asked to search his bag, and the Smith complied, without incident. Inside the bag were a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun, 2 additional loaded magazines and 2 knives.
A third knife was found hidden under the man’s clothes.