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UPDATE: Person Of Interest Identified In HCC Social Media Threat

The enhanced security measures announced earlier today will remain in place

Houston Community College’s Police Chief Greg Cunningham (center) speaks about the investigation of a shooting threat during a media briefing held in Houston on May 8, 2018.

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

According to a press release from Houston Community College, investigators have identified and located a person of interest in the social media threat regarding HCC Central Campus and will seek charges with the Harris County District Attorney over the next several days.

This remains an open investigation and, therefore, no other details are available at this time.

The enhanced security measures announced earlier today will remain in place.

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Houston Community College (HCC) Chancellor Cesar Maldonado announced Tuesday that the college’s central campus will reopen on Wednesday, May 9, after a two day closure caused by a shooting threat made on Facebook, although the investigation is “ongoing” and no arrests have been made so far.

Maldonado appeared at a media briefing along with HCC’s Police Chief Greg Cunningham who noted that the FBI is collaborating in the investigation

Cunningham also announced there will be an increase of police presence at HCC’s central campus and underscored his department is being assisted by the Houston Police Department.

In regards to the suspect, Cunningham said the investigators “know a name,” but they are not sure it is a real name, given that social media users can hide their identity.

The HCC Police Chief detailed the threat was originally reported last Friday by a “member” of the college’s “community,” although he didn’t clarify whether that person is a student, a teacher or a staffer.

Access will be restricted to the college’s central campus for several days, according to Cunningham, who stressed that taking threats seriously in today’s world is the “appropriate” way to proceed.

Maldonado said that about 6,000 students had to have their final exams re-scheduled because of the threat.

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