MOSES LAKE — The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect arrested at the Gorge Amphitheatre wasn’t planning a mass shooting as previously thought.
Jonathan Moody, 30, of Ephrata, was arrested Aug. 19 after suspicious actions led Live Nation security to detain Moody and disarm him of two 9mm pistols, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The release said detectives interviewed Moody and served search warrants on two vehicles.
“While the investigation is not yet finished, what we can say is that we now don’t feel that his intent was to cause a mass shooting,” the release stated.
A previous release from the Sheriff’s Office said that he was seen inhaling an unknown substance or gas from a balloon and then loading two 9mm pistols from the trunk of his car. Moody concealed one pistol in the rear of his waistband and the other in an outside-the-waistband holster. He was also seen approaching concertgoers, asking what time the concert ended and where people would be exiting the venue.
The release said Moody was arraigned Monday in Grant County District Court on one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon. He pleaded not guilty, and his bail was set at $10,000. He was released after posting bail.
The concertgoers did the right thing by reporting suspicious activity, the release said.