State v. LammersAnnotate this Case
Defendant purchased two assault rifles and engaged in target practice while planning to commit a mass shooting. Defendant’s mother alerted the police. During an interview at the police station, Defendant admitted that his plan was to go to the local Walmart and start shooting at random. Defendant was convicted of attempted first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Defendant appealed, arguing, inter alia, that there was insufficient evidence that he had the purpose to commit first-degree assault and that he took a substantial step toward commission of the offense. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) a reasonable fact-finder could have found that Defendant had the intent to commit first-degree assault and that Defendant’s conduct constituted substantial steps; and (2) the trial court did not err in overruling Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence of his police interview.