FBI: Source of social media threats against Charlottesville identified, situation resolved


UPDATE: 5:55 p.m.

The Charlottesville Police Department said it has been informed by the FBI that they have identified the source of the social media comments, about Charlottesville being the next target of a mass shooting, in another state and the situation has been resolved.

The FBI said it does not believe there is any further threat to the community or schools.

Charlottesville Police said officers will maintain an increased presence at schools in the form of extra patrols Thursday to ensure that students, parents, and school staff feel safe.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The FBI notified the Charlottesville Police Department of a threat made on social media Wednesday, officials say.

The FBI says someone posted on a social media message board expressing discontent with the recent events in Charlottesville.

Officials say the person, or persons, who posted the message also referenced the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, and expressed their admiration of the shooter.

They went on to say that Charlottesville, and the city schools, should be the next target, according to officials.

At this time, officials say there is no information identifying the person(s) who posted the message.

Charlottesville police officers have been posted at all of the city's schools and at many of the private schools and said it is coordinating with school administration in regard to these threats.

"We don't know [if it's a credible threat], that is why we are just taking these precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the kids until we verify the threat," said Lt. L.A. Durette with the Charlottesville Police Department.

As part of these efforts, Charlottesville City Schools were placed on a modified lockdown, Charlottesville police said, which meant students were not allowed outside and all after-school activities were canceled.

The school system tweeted there have been no incidents at the schools, and that rumors of crowds are false, but that they were taking all threats seriously.

Police and FBI officials are discussing whether schools should be placed under modified lockdown again on Thursday.

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