Dozens arrested for mass shooting threats after Dayton, El Paso

At least two instances happened in Missouri and Illinois.

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August 22, 2019 - 2:36 pm

(KMOX/AP) — At least 27 people have been arrested in the last month for threatening mass shootings, including in Missouri and Illinois, CNN reports

The Missouri case was when a man walked into the Walmart in Springfield with a gun. He was charged with making a terrorist threat.  

The Illinois case happened last week in Chicago.  A 19-year-old man was arrested for posting a threat to kill people at a women's reproductive clinic on social media.

This week, Jefferson City police say a 26-year-old man has been charged with making a terrorist threat.


Brian Groner, of Jefferson City, was charged Thursday with posting the threats on his Facebook page.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports a probable cause statement says Groner’s posts included ”″Your Next Mass Shooter. Columbine won’t have (expletive) on me.”

He also said the shooters at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 were “lame” because they killed “only” 12 people and he could do better.

The statements were posted on a setting that allowed anyone to view them, and police say more than 10 people reported the comments to authorities.

Police said in a statement that Groner was “hostile” when he was arrested at home on Wednesday but admitted to “understanding the gravity of his statements.”