Arrest made in mass shooting threat against Penn State

By Joe Soprano - [email protected]

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened “to kill thousands of fans” at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium during the upcoming football season, according to a press release issued by university police.

Charles Thomas Hitechew, 22, of Gibsonia, was charged with two counts of terroristic threats. He was arraigned in State College on Thursday and released on unsecured bail of $15,000.

According to police:

Hitechew posted the threat on Twitter on Aug. 8.

Posted on the since-deleted Twitter account @DanielTheDuck8, the threat read, “I have decided that I’m going to commit the biggest mass shooting in history of the world, killing thousands of fans in beaver stadium during one of the games next year.”

It was tagged to several Penn State Twitter accounts, including the football team’s official account.

“Penn State takes every threat seriously. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our first priority. An investigation was initiated as soon as we were made aware of the threat, and investigators worked diligently to identify a suspect and make an arrest,” said University Park Police Chief Keith Morris in the release.

The investigation began after another Twitter user reported the threat.

“We again remind everyone that if they see something, say something,” Morris said.

As part of longstanding practice, sporting events and other large-scale activities on campus have an increased police presence supplemented by outside law enforcement agencies, including Pennsylvania State Police, with additional security measures in place, the release said.

By Joe Soprano

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