Pittsburgh Public “Unspecified Threat” Confirmed Hoax

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Pittsburgh authorities have identified a 21-year-old Florida man behind a “hoax” that called in a bomb threat to the Pittsburgh Public School District. The threat led to Pittsburgh Public Schools being placed on a modified lockdown. Pittsburgh authorities became notified of the threat made in a video posted on YouTube, in which an unidentified male said he was going to shoot up several city schools while playing video games.

Pennsylvania’s FBI and Florida law enforcement worked together to identify the suspect. The man who is not yet identified, was interviewed by Florida authorities. “I got two AK-47s and a Glock 40. I’m shooting up as many as I can before I get killed by the cops. If I make it out of my school then I’m going to a different school. I’m going to shoot my school up because I hate people, really hate people.” The suspect said in the video posted online.

The man has not been charged. Police are working with the district attorney, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to determine what those charges will be. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich stated, “We take these matters very seriously and appreciate the cooperation of the media, surrounding schools, and various law enforcement agencies. We are happy to bring this to a peaceful resolution.”

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