Following El Paso and Dayton Mass Shootings, Threats of Violence Continue

From hoaxes to legitimate threats of violence that ended in arrests, communities across the country have seen an uptick in potentially dangerous situations following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

  • A man was arrested after calling in a fake threat to a Walmart in Gibsonton, FL. No guns were found at the suspect's house, but he did state that he was "intrigued" by the recent mass shootings.
  • A man was arrested after calling a Walmart on Merritt Island, FL, and telling employees that multiple people were on the way to shoot up the store. Investigators eventually determined the call to be a hoax.
  • A Florida man walked into a Port St. Lucie Walmart and asked a gun clerk for 'anything that would kill 200 people'. The man claimed he wasn't being serious and was just staging a protest. The 55-year-old wasn't arrested following the incident.
  • A man was arrested after walking into a Missouri Walmart with a rifle and body armor. He was detained at gunpoint by an off-duty firefighter was later charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree. He claims he was testing his constitutional right to bear arms.
  • A Central Florida man was arrested for posting threats on Facebook. The 26-year-old man wrote, "3 more days of probation left, then I get my AR-15 back. Don't go to Walmart next week." Investigators found the man has a history of making threats online and appears to be a white supremacist.
  • A Las Vegas man was arrested for plotting to bomb a synagogue and an LGBTQ bar. The man was in possession of diagrams, bomb-making materials, an AR-15, and a bolt-action rifle.
  • An Ohio man was charged in federal court with threatening to shoot Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and for illegally stockpiling ammunition at his home. The man is a fugitive out of Sarasota County, Florida.
  • A Connecticut man was arrested for threatening gun violence at a New Haven Puerto Rican festival. The man stated on Facebook that the festival was "why we need 30 round magazines."
  • A Florida mother was arrested after threatening a shooting at an elementary school. She was apparently upset over a rezoning issue and invoked the name of the Parkland school shooter during a chat with one of her friends in which she made the threats.

Overall, at least eight Walmart stores were the subject of threats following the mass shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas.

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