Columbia teen threatens to go on shooting rampage via Facebook - WKRN News 2

Columbia teen threatens to go on shooting rampage via Facebook

Posted: Updated: Dec 16, 2012 03:31 PM CST
Police say Shawn Lenz, 19, made threats via Facebook to "go on a rampage similar to the one in Connecticut." Police say Shawn Lenz, 19, made threats via Facebook to "go on a rampage similar to the one in Connecticut."
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COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

Authorities in Maury County have arrested a 19-year-old for a statement he made on Facebook threatening to go on a rampage similar to the one in Connecticut.

Shawn Lenz was taken into custody Sunday morning following the Facebook post.

In full, the Facebook post read, "feel like goin on a rampage, kinda like the school shooting were that one guy killed some teachers and a bunch of students."

Authorities were alerted by concerned citizens, including one person from as far away as Georgia who saw Lenz's comment online.

"This morning we had some people come in concerned about what their daughter had seen on Facebook," Cpt. Jimmy Tennyson of the Maury County Sheriff's Department told Nashville's News 2.

In a 911 call one concerned citizen said, "I am calling to report a strange Facebook post I saw this morning. It says feel like going on a rampage kind of like the school shooting where that guy killed a teacher and a bunch of students."

The call continued, "We don't know this person. My daughter is just friends with him on Facebook, but he has had some other weird posts about the world ending on the 21st and some kind of quote about death is his favorite quotation."

Authorities are taking Lenz's Facebook statement very seriously, in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

"We certainly don't want a re-run here in Tennessee or anyplace else," Tennyson added.

According to the Maury County Sheriff's Department, Lenz was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, act of terrorism and harassment.

Deputies seized a 12-gauge Maverick shotgun, SKS rifle, shotgun shells, a machete and a laptop from Lenz's bedroom.

Drug paraphernalia was also discovered.

Authorities urge the public not to take such statements lightly.

Tennyson said, "If it's alarming such as this, whether it be real or not, get to the proper authorities."

Authorities added that Lenz was previously arrested in July after he attacked his father with a hacksaw.

A witness at the time reported to responding deputies Lenz was upset because his father would not give him car keys to drop his girlfriend off somewhere.

By photo the injury appeared to be a jagged cut that was at least six inches long to the bone.

Nashville's News 2 contacted the Lenz residence where a man who did not identify himself said, "People can't recognize somebody crying for help. Other than that, no comment. Have a nice day."

The FBI was called in to interview Lenz.

He remains in the Maury County jail on a $750,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

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