LAPD officials believe a mass shooting in Hollywood may have been averted after arresting a man with multiple high-powered rifles on the 18th floor of an apartment building.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the department received a call to investigate a 24-year-old man identified as Braxton Johnson, who may have been experiencing a mental health crisis.
Investigators served a search warrant for Johnson’s apartment on Sunset Blvd. after finding he made criminal threats to building security, as well as people around the building.
When searching the apartment, investigators found a shotgun, a long rifle, two “assault rifles” and three handguns. As defined by California law, assault rifles are illegal to own and are considered a “public nuisance.”
Johnson had a total of seven weapons with some pointed toward a park below the building, as well as a “large cache of munitions,” estimated to be in the thousands.
The charges will now be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office while Johnson is being held on $500,000 bail.
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