Local police in Jefferson County, the location of Columbine High School, have been tracking an armed Florida woman "infatuated" with the Columbine massacre. Public schools in the area were closed on Wednesday April 17th just three days ahead of the bloody attack’s twentieth anniversary.
According to Reuters, eighteen-year-old Sol Pais flew from Miami to Denver on Monday, where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips told a press conference late Tuesday April 16th. Denver is adjacent to Jefferson County.
Describing her as "extremely dangerous," agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jefferson County deputies and Colorado state troopers were searching overnight for Pais.
"We consider her a credible threat to the community," Phillips said. She has not been charged with any crime, he said, but "our priority is to find Miss Pais."
Two teenage boys who attended Columbine High School shot and killed 12 classmates on April 20th, 1999, then committed suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in US history.
About a dozen Denver area districts called off classes for Wednesday, according to school district websites and media accounts.
Earlier on Tuesday, an FBI bulletin said authorities lacked probable cause for a formal arrest but that law enforcement should detain Pais for a mental-health evaluation.
"I know this opens a wound, especially during this anniversary week," Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said Tuesday night. He added that he wanted residents to know that "we have a lot of boots on the ground."