Miami, Jul 8 A man living in the town of Cape Coral, in southwest Florida (USA), was arrested after threatening to carry out a mass shooting that would make the recent events in Uvalde (Texas) and Highland Park (Illinois) appear as “a children’s game”.
Ira Dennis Crosser Jr., 55, was arrested by Cape Coral Police Thursday at his home after officers received an alert from another police agency about the man-made threats, reports Friday. local outlet WINK News.
According to police, the person who alerted authorities expressed concern that Crosser Jr. suffered from “violent tendencies” and had access to firearms.
Once the officers were able to confirm that the messages were sent by the detainee, they went to his home to arrest him.
Crosser Jr., who is being held on $25,000 bail in a Lee County jail, faces a charge of making a written threat to carry out a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.
The arrest comes days after a young man fired several rounds of ammunition at parade attendees on July 4 in Highland Park (north of Chicago), killing 7 of them and injuring 39 others.
The 21-year-old suspect, Robert Crimo, will face 7 counts of first degree murder – one for each fatality – and the prosecution will present more indictments in the coming days in relation to the 39 people injured.
That incident occurred just over a month after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and 2 teachers. EFE