Weapons present in worker's car spurs movie show evacuation


HOWELL, N.J. — Hundreds of people were safely evacuated from a movie theater after authorities say guns, ammunition and a grenade were found in a theater employee’s car.

Howell police say Jacob Cavanaugh faces weapons charges. But they don’t believe the 24-year-old Manchester man intended to harm anyone at the Xscape theater Friday night.

About Weapons
A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used with intent to inflict damage or harm to living beings, structures, or systems. Weapons are used to increase the efficacy and efficiency of activities such as hunting, crime, law enforcement, self-defense, and warfare. In a broader context, weapons may be construed to include anything used to gain a strategic, material or mental advantage over an adversary.
While just about any ordinary objects such as sticks, stones, cars, or pencils can be used as weapons, many are expressly designed for the purpose – ranging from simple implements such as clubs, swords and guns, to complicated modern intercontinental ballistic missiles, biological and cyberweapons. Something that has been re-purposed, converted, or enhanced to become a weapon of war is termed weaponized, such as a weaponized virus or weaponized lasers.

Weapons found in worker's car spurs movie theater evacuation

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Police say the theater’s manager approached an officer and said another employee reported that Cavanaugh had shown him guns in his car earlier in the week.

The officer got Cavanaugh’s permission to search the car. Authorities say they found a bullet-proof vest, a grenade and two revolvers — one empty and one loaded with hollow point bullets.

Weapons found in worker's car spurs movie theater evacuation

The theater was evacuated after Cavanaugh allegedly said he had access to another grenade.

It’s not known if Cavanaugh’s retained an attorney.

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