Port St. Lucie Police make arrest in online school shooting threat

UPDATE | DEC. 30, 2021 | 2:31 P.M. | PORT ST. LUCIE — Port St. Lucie Police Department’s Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro said at the 2 p.m. news conference that 20-year-old Brandon Tyrique Kelly of West Palm Beach. Kelly has no prior arrest record.
“The social media threats have caused concern to students and parents in our community as we have received numerous calls about this. We are grateful for the diligent work of our Detectives who we were able to locate and apprehend the suspect,” stated Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro.
Del Toro said two Centennial High School students are also suspect in the threat against local high schools. The parents of the two juveniles are cooperating with the police department.
Port St. Lucie Police, along with St. Lucie County Schools investigators and Palm Beach County Sheriff officers were able to find Kelly using social media and calls to the PSL Police hotline.
Kelly admitted that photos of weapons were from a Google search and he did not have any firearms in his possession.

DEC. 30, 2021 | PORT ST. LUCIE — The Port St. Lucie Police Department arrested a suspect responsible for the recent social media school shooting threats involving a local high school in Port St. Lucie. “The social media threats have caused concern to students and parents in our community as we have received numerous calls about this,” said Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro.
Additional information will be announced at a 2 p.m. conference at the police station.

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