Tuesday 20 March 2018

Craigslist ad threatens Orlando-style massacre in San Diego

Gunman Omar Mateen. Photo: AP
Gunman Omar Mateen. Photo: AP
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The LGBT community in San Diego were threatened with an Orlando style massacre in an online post that said “You’re next”.

Police are investigating the violent threat to the LGBT community after the post was spotted on Craiglist San Diego under the ‘men-seeking-men’ ads.

The post is titled "We need more Orlando's (sic)," and it is accompanied by a photo of a hand firing a gun.

The post read: "Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next …"

10News alerted the San Diego Police Department and the FBI of the post, which has since been removed from the site.

FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth told 10News they are investigating the post.

"This is something that's very serious, very concerning to all of us, especially given what's happened recently in Orlando," said Foxworth.

Foxworth said there are no known credible threats to San Diego right now, but they are always keeping watch.

"We don't have the luxury of just looking at this and letting it go," he said.

On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department Chief Shelley Zimmerman issued this statement regarding the post:

"The San Diego Police Department is aware of a recent post on Craigslist that has since been removed. We are investigating it collaboratively with our law enforcement partners. The latest information remains, there are no known credible threats to the San Diego region. As always, we encourage our community if they see something, hear something, or know something, to say something."

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