Scott Smith, 37, of nearby North Ridgeville, was charged with six counts of violating Ohio’s concealed-carry gun laws, said Westlake police Lt. Ray Arcuri. A manager and security guard at the theater noticed Smith acting oddly and asked to see what was inside the backpack he was carrying.
Inside the bag, the security guard, an off-duty Westlake cop, found a 9-millimeter handgun, two additional ammunition magazines and three knives. The officer found a fourth knife when he frisked Smith.
After the police obtained a search warrant, Arcuri says, authorities found numerous weapons at Smith’s home. Police also seized his car and cellphone, which Arcuri said contained hundreds of pictures of guns.
Smith could could face additional charges, Arcuri said.
This incident comes several weeks after a gunman killed 12 at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.