A teenager has been arrested in Ontario after making online threats to commit a mass shooting at an LGBTQ pride event in West Palm Beach, Florida, authorities say.
A West Palm Beach police department says a 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday morning and charged with threatening to commit a mass shooting. There are additional charges pending, they say, that include: written or electronic threats to kill, inflict bodily harm or carry out a mass shooting or terrorist act.
On Sunday, the Miami Police Department received a report of a threat against the Pride on the Block 2022 event in West Palm Beach on the Omegle video chat platform, West Palm Beach police said in a statement press.
Police say in the video that the teenager was waving a gun, making anti-LGBTQ comments and saying he would do a mass shooting that day at the event. The teen also claimed to live in Palm Beach County, according to West Palm Beach police.
Miami police notified West Palm Beach police, who began an investigation. Police also increased security at the event after becoming aware of the threat.
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The boy, who cannot be identified under the Juvenile Criminal Justice Act, was arrested Monday as a result of a joint international investigation between the New York City Police Department, the Toronto Police Service and the Peel Regional Police. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Toronto police sent a request to CBC News for more information to Peel police, saying Peel was “involved in the arrest.”
Peel police offered few more details, except that “the matter has been investigated and dealt with, and there are no current concerns about any threat to public safety.”
Investigators have recovered both the video and the weapon seen in it, West Palm Beach police said in a press release.