Update at 1:20pm:
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says that he and all of the state’s parents are “hugging their children a little tighter” after a young Florida woman obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School attack was found dead.
Polis says that “the potential threat is over” after authorities announced Wednesday that 18-year-old Sol Pais had been found by the FBI with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities say Pais flew to Colorado and bought a shotgun and ammunition ahead of Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
They initially said she “made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area.”
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) – FBI agents hunting a young Florida woman accused of threatening violence in the Denver area ahead of the 20th anniversary of Columbine said Wednesday she is “no longer a threat to the community.” There was no immediate explanation from the FBI.
The announcement, made via Twitter, came after an all-out manhunt for 18-year-old Sol Pais, whose alleged threat led the closing of Denver-area public schools Wednesday as a precaution.
Agents had focused the search around the base of Mount Evans, a popular recreational area about 60 miles southwest of Denver.
During the manhunt, the FBI said Pais was “infatuated” with Columbine and threatened violence ahead of Saturday’s anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999. The FBI described her “extremely dangerous.”
The Miami Beach high school student flew to Colorado on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, authorities said.
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