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Man arrested after threatening to shoot up L.A. schools, police say

December 17, 2012 |  7:47 am

A Los Angeles man was arrested Sunday in connection with a Facebook post that threatened to conduct shootings at multiple area elementary schools, people familiar with the investigation said.

Investigators received information about the Facebook post on Sunday, sources said. When officers arrived at the suspect's Northeast Los Angeles home about 2 p.m., they found numerous weapons inside.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats. His name, age and address have not been released by authorities.

Sources would not specify how many or which schools were mentioned. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The arrest came the same day that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced daily dedicated patrols in Los Angeles schools to protect against potential shooters. The increased security will begin when students return to classes in January from winter break, he said.

Beck's announcement was in response to a deadly shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults Friday. The suspect, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, also killed his mother and himself.

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