Georgia man’s identity was stolen for tweet threatening ‘the next Orlando’: police
An online threat against two Atlanta LGBT bars was the result of identity theft, WSB-TV reported.
“We have reason to believe that another individual assumed his identity, created that and posted it,” said Maj. Paul Guerrucci, who led the investigation into the original post, which surfaced in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The Twitter post — which read, “TEN or Blake’s could be the next Orlando. You think I am the type to be the next ‘shooter’? Keep hating me then. You are all dead to me” — was shared locally and was originally attributed to a local man.
But Guerrucci said that the person originally blamed with the posts was “doxxed” by someone as part of a personal dispute. The practice involves gathering and spreading a person’s personal information. The threats against the two nightclubs were not found to be credible.
“We have been in contact with an individual that we feel made the post,” said Guerrucci. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”
WSB’s report, as aired on Thursday, can be seen here.