LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — Police in Louisville arrested a man who they said threatened to kill “9,000 kiddies” in a post on social media.
WAVE reports that Louisville Metro Police Department officers arrested James Grimes after being tipped to the message on Facebook.
According to police, Grimes said in the message he wanted to murder “9,000 kiddies” and wondered how many explosives would be needed to blow up a school.
His arrest citation says Grimes claimed inspiration from the recent fatal mass shooting in New Zealand.
Grimes was charged with terroristic threatening and was being held in the Louisville Metro Detention Center.
LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington said, “Louisville Metro Police take all threats to schools, public buildings, events, and individuals seriously. We must remember as a community that these threats all too often result in real action. We ask the community to remain vigilant and alert authorities when they notice suspicious behavior. We should not live in fear, but we must all work together to make sure our neighborhoods and community are safe. If you see an immediate threat or incident occurring, always call 911. You can also report suspicious behavior to our anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.”