This occurred after this person (James Howard) assaulted an Ohio University hockey coach. "I believe he did prevent a mass shooting that was probably going to occur at Ohio University in Athens," said Sheriff Lanny North. John Downs, who has owned Downs Bait and Guns for 28 years, said he was working in the store Monday afternoon when a man came in wanting to buy a long gun. Downs said 25-year-old James Howard passed a background check. But he'd asked some questions and made some statements that Downs found suspicious and indicated he may want to harm himself and others. "There was red flag for me, I am like , I won't allow that I don't want that to be on me," Downs said. So he refused to sell him the gun or any gear. Downs said Howard was angry when he left the store and made some threats, but that he told Howard he had a right not to sell him a firearm. "He started cussing me and this and that, before he left he said you don't know who I am. I just said, you know what bud, I have a really bad feeling about this, I just can't sell you the gun." More here: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/gun-store-owner-credited-thwarting-mass-shooting-ohio-university The whole story is interesting to read. Applause for the gun store owner and his gut feeling.