Armed Man Who Made Threats to Commit Mass Shooting Arrested by West Melbourne Police

By  //  April 3, 2023

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According to the investigation, on Thursday (March 30) officers responded to Mack Technologies, located at 7505 Technology Dr in West Melbourne due to an employee, 34-year-old Marcus Jeremell Anderson, who told co-workers he was going to commit a mass shooting at the business.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – West Melbourne Police arrested a man that police say made threats to commit a shooting.

According to the investigation, on Thursday (March 30) officers responded to Mack Technologies, located at 7505 Technology Dr in West Melbourne due to an employee, 34-year-old Marcus Jeremell Anderson, who told co-workers he was going to commit a mass shooting at the business.

Anderson said to co-workers he had 17 bullets for 17 heads, but that he would signal them before he started his murderous rampage so they could be safe.

According to co-workers, Anderson had identified locations throughout the building to carry out the attack to include where he could escape when police arrived.

West Melbourne officers quickly located Anderson and placed him in custody without incident. He informed investigators he was only joking with his co-workers, but when officers searched his backpack, located in his work locker, they located a silver .380 handgun with a loaded magazine.

When officers searched Anderson’s vehicle they also discovered an AR-15 style short barreled rifle, with an overall length of 23.5 inches and no serial number.

Per Florida State Statute 790.221, rifles are required to have a barrel length of at least 16 inches long. Anderson’s rifle barrel was 10.5 inches long with a collapsible rifle stock and not an arm brace. He is required to obtain a tax stamp for this type of weapon which he could not obtain due to it not having a serial number.

Anderson was arrested for possession of short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or machine gun which is a second degree felony and is being held on $35,000 bond.

A temporary Risk Protection Order was granted by Judge Friedland with a petition set for final order on April 12, 2023.

Thankfully, employees at the business notified law enforcement when they became aware of the threat. Mack Technologies’ full cooperation helped bring this case to resolution, and serves as an excellent reminder that, “If you see something, say something.”