Posted BY: Zero Hedge

Police claim a tip from a concerned citizen foiled a planned mass shooting at an evening July 4th celebration at a packed Richmond amphitheater. 

Now, 52-year-old Julio Alvardo-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman A. Balacarcel sit in the Richmond city jail, each initially charged with being a non-U.S. citizen in possession of a firearm. Both are Guatemalans in the United States illegally, and it’s been claimed at least one has already been deported multiple times.

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Apparently reflecting the fact that he was only charged with illegal possession, Alvardo-Dubon’s bond was set at just $15,000, and it isn’t clear if he’s already been released, according to the Associated Press. There’s no report yet of Balacarcel’s bond.  

At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Richmond police chief Gerald Smith credited a “hero” citizen who called police after overhearing a conversation about a planned mass murder at the city’s July 4th celebration at Dogwood Dell, a 2,400-seat amphitheater in the city’s Byrd Park. 

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