KTAR.com Florida woman accused of threatening Denver schools found dead

KTAR.com Florida woman accused of threatening Denver schools found dead

KTAR.com Florida woman accused of threatening Denver schools found dead

Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Miami Beach High student who traveled to Colorado, bought a shotgun and threatened violence against schools, has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Wednesday.

"There is no longer a threat to the community", FBI Denver said in a tweet.

The threats Pais made triggered a lockout at Jefferson County Public Schools Tuesday, and on Wednesday, the state's eight largest school districts were closed.

The FBI said Pais flew to Colorado Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun as well as ammunition.

The frantic hunt for a young woman believed to be a threat to Columbine High School, which put hundreds of thousands of Colorado students and parents on edge, is over.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Jefferson County Public Schools and the sheriff's office said they are focusing on getting students back into school Thursday and ensuring upcoming Columbine anniversary events are carried out in a safe manner.

Words from a journal entry allegedly penned by Pais said that she "Had a dream last night about the future and it was eye opening".

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She lived in Surfside, a small oceanside community just north of Miami Beach.

This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais.

The massive search for a woman who was reportedly "infatuated" with the Columbine shooting has ended. The sheriff's office said Pais was connected to the threat and was considered armed and risky. "She was very quiet", said Donaire, a 17-year-old senior.

That was a step up from Tuesday when it put Denver area schools on lockdown following an alert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and increased security.

"She has made some concerning comments in the past", FBI Special Agent Dean Phillips said on Tuesday. "I would usually see her doing homework. she didn't seem weird". Pais traveled to Colorado and legally purchased a firearm in the Littleton, Co. area, Shrader told reporters. She wore a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots. They publicly or privately worship the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 12 of their classmates and one of their teachers in 1999. Upon her arrival, she purchased a pump-action shotgun at a gun shop near Columbine High School and then, seemingly, disappeared.

All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security, and some canceled evening activities or moved them inside.

Police say Pais made statements to friends and family and had posted online about her fascination with the Columbine shooting. One woman, who was hiking in the area, told CBS4 that she was told to leave the area because "a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods".

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