Armed woman 'infatuated' with Columbine 'no longer a threat', FBI claims

Armed woman 'infatuated' with Columbine 'no longer a threat', FBI claims

Armed woman 'infatuated' with Columbine 'no longer a threat', FBI claims

Authorities said Pais was "infatuated" with Columbine and made threats as she traveled to Colorado this week - the same week as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, which left 13 people dead.

While the cause of death is not clear, law enforcement have told reporters that Pais is now dead, and FBI Denver announced on Twitter that they no longer consider this an emergency situation. Then, at 10:38 a.m., she followed with this: "Sol Pais is dead, investigators confirm".

Jefferson County Public Schools, which includes Columbine High School in Littleton, were among nearly 20 school districts closed Wednesday as authorities searched for Pais.

"This has become a massive manhunt ... and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort", said Dean Phillips, agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Denver.

Pais, of Surfside, Florida, flew to Colorado on Monday evening and bought a pump-action shotgun upon her arrival.

The FBI had said Pais was "armed and dangerous" and believed to be somewhere in Colorado after making "credible" threats days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High massacre that ushered in the modern era of mass shootings at United States schools.

The threats came four days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High April 20, 1999, mass shooting. Pais's parents reported the teenager missing Monday night, after losing contact with her on Sunday.

Officers were seen removing the large stack of papers Wednesday morning from the single-family home of Sol Pais in Surfside, Florida, a city just north of Miami Beach. Somebody who identified herself as "Sol Pais" ran an online blog replete with journal entries dripping with angst and drawings of guns.

Columbine High School principal Scott Christy joins an officer in watching as students leave the school.

A student leaves Columbine High School following the lockdown.

"There is no imminent or immediate threat to Miami-Dade Schools", he said.

Eduardo Filipo is a 17-year-old junior at the school and says that teachers locked classroom doors Wednesday as a precaution. It is unclear how she died, according to the report, citing law enforcement sources.

Miami FBI agents on night visited Pais' home.

A student leaves Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., after a lockdown on Tuesday.

She was said to have had a fascination with the Columbine school shooting and its perpetrators. She was considered armed and "extremely dangerous" and had last been seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, where the school is located.

Pais purchased a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and ammunition after arriving in a ride-share.

"I would usually see her doing homework", Eliana Donaire told the Herald.

"In an abundance of caution and as a matter of prevention, we have heightened our alert systems and have disseminated information regarding this individual, including her picture, to all schools throughout the district".

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