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FBI Seeks Armed Woman "Infatuated" With US High School Massacre

FBI Seeks Armed Woman

An 18-year-old Florida woman "infatuated" with the Columbine school shooting traveled to Colorado by plane Monday, purchased a shotgun and ammunition in Littleton and disappeared into the foothills of Jefferson County.

Authorities are seeking Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for almost three hours Tuesday afternoon.

Following a lockdown at Columbine High School and other Denver area schools, authorities say they are looking for a woman suspected of making threats.

Gov. Jared Polis says the threat that prompted a lockdown at Columbine High School and other Denver-area schools involved someone who was armed and "may be interested in harming our schools or our kids".

Doors were locked at Columbine and at least over 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff's office said it was investigating a possible threat against schools that was related to an FBI investigation. "Children are safe. Deputies are at the schools".

The FBI Denver Division and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help regarding a potential credible threat in the Denver metropolitan area. She is armed and considered to be extremely risky. They notified area schools that afternoon.

Two teenaged boys who attended Columbine High School shot and killed 12 classmates on April 20, 1999, then committed suicide.

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Authorities did not disclose how Pais came to the attention of law enforcement or how the alleged threats were conveyed.

"She did make statements that were threatening to schools and she did purchase a firearm. and that's why she's a credible threat", said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Two hours after announcing the lockouts, the school system reported that all students and staff were safe, adding that students would be released from the schools and buses would run on their normal schedule, though some may be slightly delayed. (9news) The lockdown of Columbine High School comes just days before the 20th anniversary of the massacre that occurred there that killed 13 people.

School security chief John McDonald talks with judicial specialist Maryann Peratt in Columbine High Schools new library, which was built after the 1999 attack.

Some schools released their students after additional security was called in and canceled evening activities or moved them inside.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said, "I know this opens a wound, especially during this anniversary week".

The safety unit run by Jefferson County Public Schools is considered one of the most sophisticated school security systems in the country.