Kurt Havelock, 35, reportedly was in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle, described by FBI Special Agent Philip Thorlin as the U.S. military's weapon of choice. He also had 200 rounds of ammunition. But before putting the weapon to use on the crowd, thankfully he had a change of heart.
What sparked his initial desire to commit such a heinous act?
It seems Havelock went before the Tempe City Council back in October of 2007 to get approval for a liquor license for a restaurant called The Haunted Castle, a Halloween-themed bar. But the council turned down his request, 6-1, triggering his anger. Havelock allegedly sent eight copies of a manifesto to friends and the media, Sunday, outlining his planned massacre. According to court records, the following comments were included:
“I will test the theory that bullets speak louder than words ... I will slay your children. I will shed the blood of the innocent. No one destroys my dream. No one...When authorities searched his vehicle, they also found a letter to the police with the words “do not resuscitate” scribbled at the bottom, which might indicate he was also considering taking his own life after carring out his plan.
... Alas, this all boils down to an econopolitical confrontation. I cannot outvote, outspend, outtax, or outincarcerate my enemies. But for a brief moment I can outgun them.”
Thank God Havelock came to his senses. Had he not, many innocent lives could have been lost and the New York Giants huge upset win over the New England Patriots would have been largely overshadowed by an unthinkable tragedy.