by AJ Adejare
An alarming event happened at the Pokémon World championships at Boston, Massachusetts today. Two men were charged with firearm offenses after attempting to carry out an attack at the Championship. The two men drove from Iowa possessing firearms that they were not licensed for. The weapons captured by Boston Police Department News details include a hunting knife as well as a shotgun, obtained via a police warrant. The Pokemon Company, aware of the plot via people tipping them off to social media posts, worked with the authorities to stop said actions. In a statement The Pokemon Company Said the following:
“Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.”
The Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis Commander Superintendent of the Boston Police Force, Paul Fitzgerald gave out a statement commending the cooperation between private security and local law enforcement
“The relationship between police and private sector security is important in both our community policing philosophy, as well as our counter-terrorism strategy. This incident is a good example of private security reaching out to their local Boston police district and relaying information to detectives and BRIC analysts in order to identify the very real threat,”
With that said, it’s good to know that everyone is safe and that the attack did not happen. Thank god.