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(Reuters) - U.S. federal authorities said they have arrested a Florida truck driver who “was thinking about shooting up a church” in Memphis this week, making him at least the fourth person this month charged with plotting a mass shooting.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Thomas McVicker, 38, in Indianapolis on Monday after a friend in Alabama alerted agents to text messages he sent in which he described his plans for a mass shooting and suicide, according to court papers.
McVicker, who is from Punta Gorda but lives in his truck, is under treatment and according to his mother is on medication for schizophrenia, FBI Special Agent Ketrick Kelley said in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama.
It was not immediately clear if McVicker had an attorney. He appeared at a hearing at U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Monday, the contents of which are under seal, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors said.
Kelley said McVicker appeared to be planning to carry out a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday. In recent days, law enforcement authorities in Ohio, Florida and Connecticut have said they arrested three men who planned unconnected mass shootings.
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