The Pokemon World Championships in Boston nearly ended in yet another US mass murder, it seems, after police intervened and discovered a car boot loaded with guns and ammo being taken in by two attendees.
The weaponry was in possession of two men who actually had sufficient Pokemon skills to qualify for the event. For some unknown reason possibly to do with ensuring their posthumous fame, the pair posted a photo of their guns and ammo on Twitter before leaving for the event.
Fortunately, their social media idiocy led to someone notifying the police, who found and searched their car and discovered a shotgun, rifle, knife and hundreds of rounds of ammunition before they could, potentially, use them.
This all led to the bizarre situation of the Pokemon Company International issuing a statement on the gun threat and police intervention, saying: "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."
Attendees weren't told of the threat and the event continued as normal. No one died, and video games narrowly escaped having yet another mass murder pinned upon them. [Boston Police Department via Motherboard]