LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police have arrested a 20-year-old man for threatening to shoot people if he got enough re-tweets on Twitter, authorities said.
Dakkari McAnuff posted photos of a rifle pointed at various LA streets Tuesday night with the caption “100 RT’s (Re-Tweet) and I’ll shoot someone walking”, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
He then followed his initial tweet with, “Man Down. Mission accomplished”.
The LAPD was notified of the tweets around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday about a possible public safety threat via a social media account.
An investigation was launched and McAnuff was arrested around 1:30 p.m. at his home in the 700 block of Ninth Street downtown, authorities said.
“An air rifle was recovered at the scene,” police said.
McAnuff was booked on felony charges for making criminal threats.
“It was a threat to the community. At the time, we thought it was a [real] rifle and so we take all threats seriously,” Nuria Vanegas, of the LAPD, said.
“It’s scary being a part of this community and knowing that somebody is threatening people right next to us,” McAnuff’s neighbor said.
McAnuff’s Twitter account has been suspended, according to CBS2/KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper.
Friends of the suspect said the tweets were a prank.
McAnuff remains in custody at the LAPD’s Central Division jail on $50,000 bail.