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Suspect in HUB Shooting Threat Now in Custody

by and on October 12, 2014 6:05 PM

Update, Sunday 10:48 p.m.: A person who allegedly threatened to go on a shooting rampage is now in custody, according to a Penn State news release. The suspect is charged with one count of making terroristic threats and his arraignment is set for tomorrow.

The suspect, identified only as a 20-year old student, reportedly admitted to making the threat on Yik Yak, a social media app. He told police it was a “prank,” according to the news release.

“Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke. It’s considered a terroristic threat in this case and this individual will be held accountable,” Penn State University Police Chief Tyrone Parham said.

Police worked with Yik Yak to track down the alleged suspect. After searching his residence, police did not find any weapons. The suspect’s name is not being released until after his arraignment.

The university says all campus operations will "continue as normal on Monday." If you have questions you're asked to call Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111


Update, Sunday 5:15 p.m.: Penn State issued an updated statement on the anonymous HUB shooting threat. According to the statement, the University Police are continuing their investigation of the threat and “remain on high alert.” Campus operations will continue as normally scheduled on Monday and police will have an increased presence in the HUB.

The regional FBI office has been alerted of the shooting threat as the police attempt to verify its credibility. The Yik Yak owners have also been contacted and police are working to trace the author of the threat.


Penn State Police are implementing security measures after an anonymous shooting threat was posted to the social media app Yik Yak. The message briefly appeared at 10:26 p.m. before police were alerted.

The original message has since been downvoted off Penn State’s Yik Yak, but was widely distributed among students through screenshots.

Penn State distributed a University Park Alert titled “UP Bomb Threat,” followed by another University Park Alert titled “Correction: shooting threat.” According to these alerts, the police are working to verify the credibility of the threat on this location-based online platform, which allows anonymous postings from those in the region.

As a precautionary measure, a University police presence will be stationed at the HUB on Monday. Police are continuing to investigate the matter and are asking that anyone with information about this posting or its author to call 814-863-1111.



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Sarah Caskie writes for Onward State.
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