LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) – UPDATE: The FBI has tweeted that there is no longer a possible threat to Colorado schools from a young Florida woman who was allegedly obsessed with the Colombine shooting who traveled to the state and bought and shotgun and ammunition
Authorities are looking for Sol Pais, 1
8, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office / Facebook)
The FBI disclosed the information in a tweet without providing details about Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Miami Beach High School student who had been searching for
Minutes earlier, the FBI confirmed there was a "investigative activity" in the Colorado community of Mount Evans related to Pais
The FBI had said that Sol Pais had flown to Colorado on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. Authorities initially said she "made threats to commit an act of violence in Denver metropolitan area."
But the FBI later softened that description to say she made "threats in Denver metro area" ahead of Saturday's anniversary of 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that killed 13 people
Public schools in the Denver area will be closed Wednesday after authorities said a young woman who is "infatuated" with 1999 shooting at Columbine High School made threats just days before
Authorities are looking for Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that have prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for nearly three hours
All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was considered "credible and general," said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado D
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the FBI say Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-shot shotgun and ammunition. closed Wednesday, and there will be no afternoon activities or athletic competitions. The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro area school districts due to ongoing security concerns.
On Tuesday, some schools released their students after additional security was called in and canceled night activities or moved them "
" We've always had a heightened awareness of high-profile anniversaries like this, "Billinger said.
Pais was last seen in the foothills west of Denver, was considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached,
"This has become a massive manhunt … and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort," said Dean Phillips, a special agent in charge of the FBI in Denver, said late Tuesday night. ] The FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as "infatuated with Columbine school shooting." (19659006) Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin said the threats she made were general and not specific to any school
The Denver Post reported that a call to a phone number listed for Pais' parents in Surfside, Florida, was interrupted by a man who identified himself as an agent of the FBI and said he was interviewing them
Surfside Police Sgt. Marian Cruz confirmed that her parents last saw her on Sunday and reported her missing on Monday. The Miami Herald and WTVJ report that the neighbors say the teen is a senior at Miami Beach High School
The Associated Press left messages at two numbers listed for Pais' relatives in Florida, while another number was disconnected. (19659006) Columbine students continued attending classes in the afternoon and left the school on time, but they were not locked at the Columbine School and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff's office said it was investigating threats against schools related to a FBI investigation. (19659006) Two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher
Associated Press writer Thomas Peipert in Denver contributed this report.
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