Update 8/24: Following questioning by detectives, authorities do not believe that Moody’s intent was to cause a mass shooting. He was released on bail on the evening of August 22 and arraigned on one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon.
Update 8/21: An earlier version of this article claimed that a “mass shooting was avoided.” The man in custody did not admit to any plans for a mass shooting at the time of his arrest and as of the evening of 8/20 had not spoken to police or claimed that to be his goal. We’ve updated the title to more accurately reflect the facts of the situation as they occurred. A statement from Bass Canyon is also now included.
Possible disaster was avoided this weekend at the Gorge Amphitheater where Bass Canyon is currently underway. According to a report from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, a man was stopped by venue security and afterward arrested by police after he was seen inhaling an “unknown gas” from a balloon and then carrying two 9mm pistols.
The man was allegedly asking concertgoers when the show ended and where people would be exiting from.
“Citizens and security notified deputies around 9 p.m. of a man in the parking lot,” the report states. “Witnesses’ suspicions were raised when they saw the man inhale an unknown substance or gas from a balloon and then load two 9mm pistols from the trunk of his car. The man concealed one pistol in the rear of his waistband and the other in an outside-the-waistband holster. The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Jonathan R. Moody of Ephrata, approached concertgoers, asking what time the concert ended and where people would be exiting the venue. ”
It continues, “Moody did not make access inside the venue. Venue security detained Moody outside of the venue gates and disarmed him of the two loaded 9mm pistols. After investigating, deputies arrested Moody on suspicion of one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon. Moody was lodged in the Grant County Jail.”
— Bass Canyon (@BassCanyon) August 21, 2022
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