The NYPD is on the hunt for a Twitter user who threatened to open fire at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, where Mike Tyson is currently starring in his one man show The Undisputed Truth. The unidentified Twitter user attracted investigators' attention when he wrote on July 29th: "I might just shoot up this theater in new York I know they leave their exit doors unlocked. Ha now I gotta plan it step by step." Later, he added, "This s--t ain’t no joke yo — I’m serious, people are gonna die like aurora."
Investigators asked Twitter to turn over the user's information, but the company refused, telling the NYPD, "We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account. While we do invoke emergency-disclosure procedures when it appears that a threat is present, specific and immediate, this does not appear to fall under those strict parameters as per our policies."
And so the NYPD got a subpoena from the Manhattan DA’s Office yesterday to obtain the user's info, and there has been increased enforcement at the theater. But the unidentified individual has not yet been apprehended, and NYPD spokesman Paul Browne "fumed" to the Post, saying, "We needed a name and we needed it fast. Twitter said no." According to NBC New York, when another Twitter user asked the suspect why he had not yet made good on his threat, he replied, "I had last minute plans. I'm in Florida rite now but it'll happen i promise I'm just finishing up my hit list."