Craigslist ad threatens ‘now Orlando. San Diego you are next’

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities sought Wednesday to determine who posted an online threat that celebrated last weekend’s shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida and warned San Diegans that they were “next.”

The message, posted as a free ad in a “men seeking men” section of Craigslist under a close-up photograph of a handgun being fired, was titled “We need more Orlando’s” (sic).

On Tuesday evening, a local TV news viewer brought the comments to the attention of a station, which notified law enforcement.

“The San Diego Police Department is aware of (the) recent post on Craigslist (which) has since been removed,” San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in a prepared statement this afternoon. “We are investigating collaboratively with our law enforcement partners. The latest information remains (that) there are no known credible threats to the San Diego region.”

The posting read, “Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next.”

Zimmerman urged the public to report any suspicious activity that could indicate that someone was planning such a shooting spree or any other crime.

“As always, we encourage our community (members that) if they see something, hear something or know something, to say something,” she said.

The East Coast gun rampage left 50 people dead early Sunday, including the shooter, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist militant group before being killed in a confrontation with police. Another 53 people were wounded in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

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