Tricia Lammers spoke with reporters Tuesday night at the office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Springfield, Mo. The subject of the interview was her son, Blaec Lammers, who is currently charged in Polk County with plotting a mass shooting during a screening of the new "Twilight" movie.
*The grieving mother told KYTV that she has been called a hero by residents in Bolivar, Mo., where the attack was to take place. The mother called authorities on Thursday to report something was amiss.
* Blaec Lammers, 20, is charged with three crimes in connection with planning to shoot and kill people attending a late showing of the final sequel of the "Twilight" saga. The KYTV article reveals the alleged shooter was planning to go to a theater before changing his mind to buy more ammunition from a local Wal-Mart store.
* Tricia Lammers said her son has had a history of mental illness. The suspect has a history of Asperger's syndrome, anti-social personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
* The younger Lammers has been in and out of psychiatric treatment since an incident in October 2009. Three years ago, the suspect followed a Wal-Mart employee with a knife and threatened him. The Springfield News-Leader reveals the only reason the young man stopped, according to investigators, was that his name was heard over the store's intercom and that his father was yelling at him.
* No charges were filed in the Wal-Mart incident, although the suspect underwent a 96-hour inpatient mental evaluation at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.
* THe Associated Press reveals the alleged perpetrator was foiled by his parents in 2009, just like with the current incident. Blaec Lammers' mother found a suicide note and a missing knife. Police found the young man's car in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
* Police reports from the recent charges claim Lammers wasn't taking his medication, although his mother denies such an assertion. The suspect bought a ticket to Sunday's "Twilight" showing a local theater and stated he planned to go to Wal-Mart afterward to continue shooting people "until police arrived."
* Tricia Lammers says she has always made sure her son took his medication, according to KOLR. The grieving mother also stated she may be like other mothers who may "blame herself that she did something wrong."
* The KOLR website reveals the mother of two claims Blaec Lammers is living in his older sister's shadow. Just two weeks ago, her son asked "Mommy, do you think I'm a failure" To that, the woman replied, "No Blaec, I don't."
* Lammers is in jail on $500,000 bond. A judge ordered on Tuesday that the suspect undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to the News-Leader piece.
* NAMI defines itself as a "grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness."
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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