A couple brought a cache of military-grade weapons from Texas to Massachusetts, possibly to carry out a mass shooting at a #MarchforOurLives event.
Earlier this week, police in Tewksbury, Massachusetts arrested Francho Bradley and his girlfriend, Adrianne Jennings, after finding multiple highly customized weapons and ammunition in their hotel room. Bradley had, ironically, called the police to report that he believed his handgun had been stolen from the room.
But when police arrived, they found several rifles in a flight suit, as well as a bump stock — which the Las Vegas shooter used to make his semi-automatic rifle fire at an automatic rate — and a silencer. Officers were then able to obtain a search warrant for the couples’ car, which contained multiple handguns, a high-capacity shotgun, an AK-47 rifle, and an AR-15 rifle with a grenade launcher attachment. Officers also found roughly two dozen magazines full of ammunition, smoke and flash-bang grenades, and tactical vests.
Because unlawful carrying of firearms is already punishable by two-and-a-half years in state prison, Bradley and Jennings were already in violation of the law. However, a Tewksbury police statement obtained by the Lowell Sun found that Bradley and Jennings may have been planning something far more sinister with the weapons the couple brought from Texas, based on a series of parking tickets from Cambridge, Massachusetts issued over a three-day period:
“I found this to be odd because according to Francho’s statements prior, he had no ties to Boston or Cambridge, but he kept receiving parking tickets. Based on his frequent trips to Cambridge from Tewksbury and arsenal of weapons, my suspicions grew that he may be surveilling an area. It should also be noted that I knew there was a major demonstration ‘March for Our Lives’ in Boston that day.”
Bradley, a 59-year-old veteran, told police that the weapons were for a “mission” for an unnamed secret government agency working on eradicating a “virus,” but wouldn’t disclose what the mission was or which agency he was allegedly working for. As of this writing, police have not charged Bradley or Jennings with any crime in relation to a conspiracy to commit murder. However, both are currently facing 45 total charges, including multiple counts of possession of a large-capacity firearm as well as possession of a bump stock, which Massachusetts outlawed in February.
Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.