Issue 284, Friday 28 December 2012 - 14 Safar 1434
USA: Man accused of threat to shoot up San Antonio mosque
A man who said he vowed “to shoot as many people as possible, and then kill himself” at a San Antonio mosque has been arrested.
Christopher Bane was arrested on November 27 and charged with making a terrorist threat; bail was set at $2,000.
Authorities said Bane vowed to shoot up the Islamic Academy of San Antonio and then turn the gun on himself, but law enforcement foiled the violent plot.
“Very bad news for us…We took it seriously. You know, this is a real big problem,” said President of Islamic Academy of San Antonio, Solomon Hamideh,
According to an affidavit, Bane “had intentions of going to a mosque in the Medical Centre area and was going to shoot as many people” as he could, and then shoot himself.
A witness, who police are not identifying for safety concerns, said Bane told him he had a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition.
Officers also took the threats quite seriously. They notified all three mosques in the city. Some even pinned Bane’s picture on the wall.