San Bernardino County Sheriff Aware of ‘Unsubstantiated Claims of Additional Threats’

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Candles and a cross are seen at a memorial for those killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Tom McDonnell/KTLA)

Concerned citizens were urged on Saturday to follow verified law enforcement social media accounts as “rumors” and “unsubstantiated claims” were being made about additional threats to the San Bernardino community following Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting.

“We are aware of the rumors on social media claiming to have come from law enforcement advising the public to stay away from movie theaters, malls, etc. due to threats,” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon stated in a news release.

The comments were found to be unsubstantiated, McMahon continued.

“Citizens should be wary of possible hoax messages and follow verified law enforcement social media accounts and press releases,” he said.

Verified social media accounts mentioned in the news release included the FBI’s Facebook and Twitter @FBILosAngeles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Facebook and Twitter @ATFHQ; and the San Bernardino Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter @SanBernardinoPD.

Other Twitter accounts with a blue checkmark next to the username, such as the Sheriff’s Department’s @sbcountysheriff, were also considered verified by the social media website.

The warning came three days after two shooters opened fire inside a San Bernardino building, killed 14 victims and injuring 21 others.

The shooters, Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan, died in a shootout with law enforcement later that day.

Their motives were being investigated, and on Friday the FBI said the incident was being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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