Lubbock, Texas – William Patrick Williams, 19, called his Grandmother on July 13 and told her he planned to shoot up the hotel he was in and then commit “suicide by cop.” She didn’t fluff him off, she talked him letting her take him to the hospital to get help, and turned him in to authorities. That Texas grandmother likely stopped a massacre.
Courageous love of a Texas grandmother
When he called, she said she could hear him fiddling with the AK-47 that he told her he’d recently purchased. When police arrived at the hotel, they found the AK-47, 17 fully loaded magazines, tactical gloves, several knives, and other items. The Texas grandmother is credited with stopping a horrifying tragedy. She obviously really loves her grandson.
Arrested for Firearms Violations
William Williams lied to the local firearms dealer and falsely filled out the paperwork for the AK-47. The complaint was unsealed on August 2, 2019 due to Mr Williams being in the psych ward.
The US Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas released a statement which reads, in part:
According to a criminal complaint unsealed this afternoon, on July 13, Mr. Williams allegedly told his grandmother he had recently purchased an AK-47 rifle and planned to “shoot up” a local hotel and then commit suicide by cop. Sensing he was both homicidal and suicidal, she convinced him to allow her to bring him to a local hospital instead.
Mr. Williams later gave officers consent to search the room he’d rented at the hotel, where officers found an AK-47 rifle, seventeen magazines loaded with ammunition, multiple knives, a black trench coat, black tactical pants, a black t-shirt that read “Let ‘Em Come,” and black tactical gloves with the fingers cut off. Mr. Williams told officers he had laid out his weapons on the bed so that law enforcement could take custody of them.
Eight days later, ATF received the firearms transaction form (form 4473) that Williams had completed on July 11, when purchasing the AK-47. On the form, Mr. Williams listed his relatives’ address, where he no longer resided. Agents discovered that although Mr. William’s driver’s license showed the family members’ address, Mr. Williams was actually living with a roommate at a different address, following eviction by his relatives. He had allegedly misrepresented his current address on the firearms transaction form.
“This was a tragedy averted,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “I want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot, as well as the Lubbock police officers and federal agents who investigated his unlawful acquisition of a deadly weapon. If you suspect a friend or loved one is planning violence against themselves or others, do not hesitate to seek help immediately by calling law enforcement.”
William Patrick Williams was not on any watch lists. He was not under scrutiny of any kind. Oxygen reported that he had at one point in time cut his arms, which is an indicator of mental issues. But his Texas grandmother was old school – she talked to him, convinced him to get help, and in so doing literally saved many lives, including his own. Thank heaven for grandmothers who love their grandsons!
Featured photo: Lubbock County Sheriff