SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police investigating an online threat of a planned mass shooting at the Westfield Valley Fair shopping mall in San Jose have determined the threat is not credible.
A message posted on the online forum Reddit entitled “Fun at the mall” early Wednesday morning led to the investigation. The post by an individual who gives his name as James states that he has been having a hard time in school and has “just had enough of it.”
“I’m just here to warn you and invite you to my stream,” the post reads. The poster goes on to claim that he plans to go to Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose at 3 p.m. Wednesday “fully armed” with an automatic weapon and bulletproof vest.
The person posting invited users to tun into his Snapchat stream to watch what transpires. The post was heavily circulated on Twitter and Facebook with people warning others not to go to the mall Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement, the Santa Clara Police Department said the threat was immediately investigated and determined to be non-credible. The department also said similar threats were directed at San Jose High School and other locations throughout the state, and that the threats originated with the same individual.
No other information was immediately available.