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A Florida teen who is reportedly “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, a tragedy that happened 20 years ago this week, has traveled to Colorado and purchased a shotgun prompting multiple Denver-area school districts to cancel classes, according to authorities.
Sol Pais, 18, has traveled to Colorado and “made threats in the Denver metropolitan area,” according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
“She is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous,” they wrote.
She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, which is not far from Columbine High School.
Pais is believed to have traveled to the Denver area from Miami early Monday before purchasing a pump action shotgun and ammunition, the FBI said at a press conference on Tuesday. They have joined local area law enforcement in a manhunt for the teen.
"This has become a massive manhunt," Denver FBI Chief Dean Phillips said, adding that Pais has made “concerning comments in the past” and “expressed an infatuation with Columbine.”
He considers her to be a “credible threat” to the community but said there is no particular threat to any particular school.
More than a dozen schools have closed as a precaution, the Denver Channel reports.
Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine. On that day, two seniors shot up the school, killing 12 students and one teacher. The tragedy has been referenced in connection to numerous mass shootings and threats ever since.
Pais is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" in height, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots, according to authorities.
FBI asks anyone who has seen her or has information on her whereabouts to call their tip line at (303) 630-6227. Investigators warn people to not approach her as she is considered armed and dangerous.
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