Hotel Employee in Long Beach Planned Mass Shooting

By Jesse Sokolow on 23 August 2019
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Discontent in the kitchen

Discontent in the kitchen

A disgruntled employee at the Long Beach Marriott in California was arrested on charges of planning a mass shooting that would have included coworkers and guests at the property, city police said.

The employee, Rodolfo Montoya, was turned in by colleagues at the hotel after he told one coworker of his unhappiness with a human-resources issue and related his plans to retaliate by shooting guests and other employees at the hotel.

Montoya worked as a cook at the hotel that is located at 4700 Airport Plaza Drive.

The Long Beach Police Department said in a statement that it seized firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and tactical gear that included high-capacity magazines and an assault rifle, in his Huntington Beach home.  All of these items are illegal to possess in California.

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said at a press conference that Montoya’s plot was stopped because hotel employees contacted authorities.

“Sir, you saved many lives, not only of your employees but any customers that may have been at the Marriott when this guy decided to show up and carry out his threat,” Luna said to the hotel’s manager, Imran Ahmed, at the event.

The suspect is being held with bail set at a higher-than-normal amount due to the seriousness of the charges.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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