A 26-year-old man living in Fort Bend County, Texas, is in jail after he posted on social media about shooting up a mosque.
Authorities in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, were alerted of the threat Tuesday afternoon by a man who grew concerned when he saw the post, which read, “I’m going to shoot up a mosque. I’m sorry,” followed by another post that said, “Doing it for Lisa and everyone I love.” The man also said his friend sent him disturbing photos of weapons an ammo.
Authorities identified the man who posted to social media as Clayton Alexander Cansler, and he was promptly arrest at the Sugar Land Airport.
“When they confronted him at the airport, where he works, he did say he sent it and he sent it because he had a close friend die in the 9/11 attacks and also with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, he felt this is something he wanted to do,” said Caitlin Espinosa with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
However, no weapons or ammunition were found to be in Cansler’s possession, but incidentally, he lives less than a mile from a mosque.
Cansler was charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and is being held on a $10,00 bond. If convicted, he could face 2 to 10 years in prison.
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