Teenager 'infatuated' with Columbine shooting is being hunted by Federal Bureau of Investigation

17 April, 2019, 14:27 | Author: Carlos George
  • A woman is being sought after lockouts at Columbine High and other Colorado schools	 	 	 			Sol Pais 18

(9news) The lockdown of Columbine High School comes just days before the 20th anniversary of the massacre that occurred there that killed 13 people.

"We will have extra safety and security staff on site at all schools affected", Jefferson County Public Schools said. The FBI and other authorities are looking for an 18-year-old woman who is believed to be connected to the lockouts and who is considered armed and risky, according to the FBI.

"It's certainly not the first threat we've had that involves Columbine High School", said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader at the Tuesday briefing.

U.S. authorities are looking for a young woman who is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School and made threats just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people. She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, west of Denver, AP reports, and was considered extremely risky and not to be approached. The sheet also says, "If contacted detain and evaluate mental health status then contact Det".

Under lockout procedure, students are gathered inside of their school in order to protect them from a threat that is believed to be outside the building.

"If we found her tonight, we will certainly hold her for as long as we can legally", Phillips said.

Authorities said they are being especially cautious because Pais' statements don't express a specific plan and were mostly spoken.

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said her children attended Miami Beach High School with Pais.

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Many schools in the Denver area will be closed Wednesday as authorities conduct what they're calling a "massive manhunt" for a young woman they say is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Jefferson County comprises the area to the west of Denver and includes cities Golden, Lakewood, and others.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff's spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat.

Please call the Federal Bureau of Investigation tipline at (303) 630-6227 where your call will be answered immediately if you have seen this individual or have information on her whereabouts. At the time it was the deadliest school shooting in USA history. Columbine High School is in Jefferson County.

The FBI is leading the investigation, said Mike Taplin, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Two hours after announcing the lockouts, the school system reported that all its students and staff were safe, adding that students will be released from the schools and buses will run on their normal schedule, though some may be slightly delayed.

School officials say the doors were locked but classes were continuing at Columbine and two other nearby schools and at other schools farther away in the same district.

A student leaves Columbine High School late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo.

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