Missouri Man Charged in Connection to Potential ‘Twilight’ Shooting Was Diagnosed Bipolar, Says Aunt (EXCLUSIVE)
The man behind the plot to open fire on a movie theatre in Bolivar, Mo., during a screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has been diagnosed with a mental illness, his aunt told Celebuzz.
“He has Asperger’s. They think he’s bipolar,” said Katrina Lammers-Nash of her nephew Blaec Lammers, who was arrested Friday.
Nash added that mental illness runs in their family.
“I’m bipolar too so I know what it’s like to be off meds. I know they diagnosed him. My brother William told our mother he was bipolar,” she told us.
Some four months after the tragic massacre at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colo., which killed 12 people, 20-year-old Lammers was charged with plotting a similar shooting and confessed his plan to authorities, adding that he had purchased 400 rounds of ammunition.
According to a probable cause statement by the Bolivar Police Department, they received information that Lammers had purchased two assault type rifles and he was off his medication. After his mother contacted authorities, her son admitted that he had purchased 400 rounds of ammunition and firearms at his local Walmart and had “intentions of shooting up the movie theater in Bolivar,” as stated in the release by Polk County authorities.
“Good,” Nash responded when told her sister-in-law had contacted police. “They’re good parents. [His father] is a hospital administrator.”
“That sounds like how bipolar people talk,” Nash said.
“I don’t know if it’s bipolar or Asberger’s that got him. But it sounds like bipolar.”
Lammers told police he had never shot a gun before, but bought the guns to go hunting.
She also agreed with Lammers confession that he was “quiet” and “kind of a loner.”
“He was really unsocial with everyone. He wouldn’t say anything," she said. "He visited my mother two years ago and he didn’t say a word the entire time.
“He said he was having a hard time with girls liking him. [But] when they liked him he didn’t understand. But they did like him because he’s handsome.”
“He had a job stuffing Styrofoam into boxes and he was happy with that.”
Though Lammers' uncle John told us "he's a good kid," Nash thought differently.
When asked if Nash thought her nephew could be the mastermind behind such a plot, she responded, “I guess I do."
“They were having such trouble with him [Blaec]. They couldn’t handle it.”