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Police arrest gunmen heading to the Pokemon World Championship

Nasty business here with reports that the Boston Police Department has arrested two armed men heading to the Pokémon World Championships.

According to FoxBoston.com (opens in new tab), two Iowa men, Kevin Norton and James Stumbo, were stopped outside the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Centre following reports of social media threats. After obtaining a search warrant, a shotgun, an AR-15 and "several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife" were found in their car, and the two were arrested. Both were registered (opens in new tab)to compete in the Masters Division of the event.

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Currently (this is all breaking, obviously) the two are charged with "unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related offences".

This is apparently one of the messages that notified the authorities:

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Here's the statement (opens in new tab) the Pokémon Company issued:

"Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority."

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Leon Hurley
Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.