Investigation yields no suspect in Skyline shooting threat

September 21, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2012

Police have not identified a suspect in the shooting threat against Skyline High School, despite several interviews and a forensic investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Investigators spent the last 48 hours attempting to pinpoint the user behind the threat posted Wednesday on the online bulletin board 4chan. Investigators said Friday they cannot verify whether the threat came from a Skyline student or anybody in the area.

In addition, investigators from the sheriff’s office and FBI reached a dead end after they traced the post to a proxy server in Sweden — a common technique among computer users seeking to mask their identities.

Officials said Skyline and other schools did not receive additional threats after the 4chan post. Officials closed Skyline on Thursday and reopened Friday with a beefed-up police presence on campus.

In the 4chan post, the user outlined plans to take his or her father’s Erma sub-machine gun and “open fire on the people in the commons” until law enforcement officers killed the shooter, or until he or she ran out of ammunition.

The post also included a photo purporting to show the sub-machine gun.

In a news conference at Sammamish City Hall on Thursday, King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said the photo used in the post is similar to stock art.

The image used in the post is traceable to a classified advertisement posted online and did not appear to be original, Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said.

Investigators encouraged people with information about the case to contact the sheriff’s office.

“We’ve followed every single lead the public has provided and none have led to a suspect,” Sullivan said. “If people think they know who might be responsible for this we’d like to hear from them.”

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