- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Police have detained a man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a school while trying to buy a gun at a Northern California sporting goods store.

KGO-TV reports Tuesday that police in San Mateo, California placed the man in protective custody on Monday after he admitted to making the threat.

Officers took the man to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and threat assessment after he told police he was joking and apologized.

Police say a customer overheard the man tell an employee at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store he wanted to buy a gun and shoot up a school. The employee did not sell the man a gun.

Authorities increased security at schools in the area but felt there was no immediate danger.

___

Information from: KGO-TV.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide