The tragic shooting in Aurora that left 12 dead during a showing of the latest film in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, has inspired a copycat using the guise of social media to threaten a similar style of attack in New York. Last Friday, a Twitter user under the name “obamasmistress” wrote in conversation with another user, “Ima shoot that theater up tonight trust me” – this after claiming to be waiting in line for the Broadway debut of the Spike Lee directed Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth featuring the forming boxing champ that same night.
The anonymous user continued with, “i said you on my hit list too. This sh-- ain't no joke yo I'm serious people are gonna die just like in aurora.” Although Tyson's opening night in his one-man stage show went off without a hitch, NYPD rushed to the Longacre Theater on West 48th Street to ensure the safety of the attendees. Police officials swiftly made an “emergency request” to Twitter to release any information it had on “obamasmistress” – which the social media giant initially declined by stating there wasn't an immediate threat. Today, however, Twitter changed their tune and will be cooperating.
According to reports from the New York Daily News and New York Post, Twitter officials yielded to the NYPD's request Tuesday (August 8) after being served with a subpoena. Taking the threat seriously as possible, NYPD investigators told the News that they're treating this matter as a priority.
The Twitter user, also known as Anonymous Celebrity, has openly threatened celebrities and other famous figures in the past. Their identity has yet to be revealed and neither Twitter nor the NYPD have offered further comment on the situation.
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