A chilling post on free advertisement website Craigslist has threatened an Orlando- style massacre in California’s San Diego city, saying, “you’re next”, in an eerie warning that has prompted an FBI probe.
A KGTV news station viewer saw the post in the men-seeking-men section of the Craigslist San Diego personal advertisements. He took a screenshot and sent it to the TV station before the post was flagged and removed. The post was titled, “We need more Orlando’s (sic),” and it was accompanied by a photo of a hand firing a revolver with a bullet coming out of the barrel.
“Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name…San Diego you are next…,” the post read. The screenshot was then sent to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and the FBI. SDPD Lt Scott Wahl emphasised that police have had extra officers on patrol in places where people gather in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
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FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth was quoted as saying that the bureau’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the Craigslist posting. “This is something that’s very serious, very concerning to all of us, especially given what’s happened recently in Orlando,” said Foxworth.
“We are going to use all lawful means available to us, so if we have to go out and get a search warrant, we will do that. If it doesn’t require a search warrant, we’re going to do whatever it takes to do it in a lawful and legal matter,” Foxworth said.
Foxworth said there are no known credible threats to San Diego right now, but they are always keeping watch. The post comes days after Afghan-origin Omar Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into a gay club in Orlando in the wee hours of Sunday and killed 50 people while injuring 53 others. He was later shot dead by the police.