California man arrested after Twitter threat to ‘shoot someone walking’
A 20-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Thursday for threatening to shoot someone if enough people signaled their approval online, KTLA-TV reported.
Police arrested Dakkari Dijon McAnuff on suspicion of making criminal threats after being alerted to his Twitter post Tuesday morning stating, “100 RTs and I’ll shoot someone walking,” alongside a picture of a weapon resembling a rifle being pointed out of a high-rise toward the street below.
The “RT” stands for “retweeting,” a popular method of passing a post along, and one commonly seen as a sign of endorsement.
According to KTLA, McAnuff later allegedly posted a picture of “a bloodied man laying in the street in front a truck with flashing lights,” alongside a message stating, “Man down. mission accomplished.” The account reportedly belonging to McAnuff has been suspended.
After determining his identity, police arrested McAnuff at his home Wednesday afternoon. An air rifle was recovered at the time of the arrest. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
[Image: “Man Aiming At A Target And Shooting An Automatic Rifle,” via Shutterstock.]