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« on: May 13, 2019, 07:30:54 am »
 

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Just wanted to make topic about the latest shootings in Colorado.

I know this "old" news but story about Sol Pais does not add up.   No digital footprint but FBI knew she was obsessed with Columbine and planned to travel to Colorado to plan something?  No phone but she hailed a ride sharing service?

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Columbine-obsessed teen Sol Pais likely killed herself before manhunt

https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/columbine-obsessed-teen-sol-pais-likely-killed-herself-before-manhunt/


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The Columbine-obsessed teen who flew to Colorado and bought a weapon likely killed herself before officials launched a massive manhunt, according to authorities.

The body of Sol Pais was found Wednesday morning at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County — but officials believe she died nearly two days earlier of suicide, the Denver Post reported.

“She had no idea what occurred from late Monday afternoon to Tuesday when a search for her began and to Wednesday when her body was found,” Clear Creek County Undersheriff Bruce Snelling told the Denver Post. “The logical likelihood was she was here to end her journey.”

FBI officials suspected 18-year-old Pais was plotting an attack because she appeared “infatuated” with the Columbine High School massacre and arrived days before the shooting’s 20th anniversary.

The Miami high school student boarded a flight Monday to Denver — then purchased a firearm and ammunition at a Littleton gun shop, not far from the Columbine campus, according to officials.

Her behavior incited panic Tuesday in the Denver area, where more than 20 schools, including Columbine, were closed and a nearly 24-hour manhunt got underway.

But authorities said Pais ultimately didn’t have a “master plan” to go on a shooting spree. She “went dark” after a ride-share driver dropped her off Monday afternoon near Mount Evans, where her body was later discovered, officials said.

“There was no digital footprint anywhere,” Snelling told the Denver Post. “No phone. No credit card use. To me, that pointed to a near impossibility that this ill-equipped, 18-year-old teenage woman would fly from sea level in Florida to Colorado and then go up into the mountains with plans to go on a killing spree.” 



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Who Was Sol Pais, the Woman Sought in Colorado?

https://nytimes.com/2019/04/17/us/sol-pais-columbine.html

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Instead, Ms. Pais, 18, seemed to share her darkest thoughts online.

Images of a handwritten journal, signed with Ms. Pais’s full name, showed a young woman in prolonged despair. Journal entries dated over the past year included admissions to harboring increasingly “extreme” views and to looking forward to acquiring a firearm.

She felt, Ms. Pais appears to have written, like a pot of scalding water “on the verge of boiling over.”

On Wednesday, the police found Ms. Pais dead of an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound near the base of Mount Evans in Jefferson County, Colo., more than 2,000 miles away from home. Officials in Colorado had been searching for her for 24 hours, saying they believed her to be “infatuated” with the mass shooting at Columbine High School in April 1999, and that she had flown to Denver on a “pilgrimage.” Hundreds of Colorado schools were closed on Wednesday as a precaution.

The authorities have not confirmed that the online journal belonged to Ms. Pais. But the entries — including one with drawings of one of the Columbine gunmen, Dylan Klebold — so alarmed Miami Beach Police officers that they alerted the F.B.I. about them after Ms. Pais’s parents reported her missing on Monday, according to Mayor Dan Gelber of Miami Beach.


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Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said at a news conference outside the school that, to his knowledge, no teachers or administrators had known about Ms. Pais’s apparent online journal, or that she might have needed psychological help. He described her as a high-achieving student with no history of disciplinary problems.

But the journal describes months of feeling lost, hopeless and misunderstood. “I wish I could get a gun by the end of the summer,” she apparently wrote in July.

The journal included drawings of firearms and a bloody knife, and a mention of dreaming about a shotgun.

It is unclear when the images of the journal entries were posted online. Ms. Pais appears to have taken a break from writing entries between November and February. When she returned to her journal, she wrote about wanting to “focus on the task at hand.”

“The last few days have been especially painful and tumultuous, which kickstarted me again to start reviving my plans and getting on with them,” she wrote.

Her last entry is signed and dated March 30.

Last month, Ms. Pais also appeared to seek advice online about how to purchase a gun.



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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 07:48:21 am »
 

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Unfortunately, a lot of people make threats online.  What made "Sol Pais' stand out if the threats were not specific?

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"Massive" search for woman with gun who threatened Columbine

https://cbsnews.com/news/columbine-sol-dais-denver-area-schools-closed-massive-manhunt-today-2019-04-17/

Many schools in the Denver area are closed Wednesday as authorities conduct what they're calling a "massive manhunt" for a young woman they say is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. They say she made threats just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that left 13 people dead.

Authorities are seeking Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon.

All schools in the Denver vicinity were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed "credible and general," said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

Late Tuesday night, several districts announced schools would be closed Wednesday. Among them were Denver Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools, short for Jefferson County, the district that includes Columbine High.

In collaboration with other Denver-metro area school districts, all Jeffco Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, April 17 due to the ongoing safety concern. All facilities and programs are closed for the day – no employees are to report.
— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 17, 2019

Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the FBI. She was last seen in the foothills west of Denver, was considered armed and extremely dangerous, and should not be approached, they said.

"This has become a massive manhunt ... and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort," Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the FBI in Denver, said late Tuesday night.

Sol Pais is armed and dangerous. We are operating out of an abundance of caution. The threat is not isolated to one school or individual. Federal, state, and local law enforcement are working together to keep our community safe. Tip Line: 303-630-6227. Media Line: 303-630-6427. pic.twitter.com/KENVT1kEK3
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019

The FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting." The alert also said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.



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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 08:04:37 am »
 

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Most detailed article I have seen so far.  Drawings are included in the article.  Looks drawings were done in notebook

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Sol Pais: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

https://heavy.com/news/2019/04/sol-pais/

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Sol Pais, a South Florida teenager “infatuated” with the Columbine massacre and its perpetrators and the subject of a massive manhunt in Colorado after authorities said a “potential credible threat” led Columbine High and other schools to close, is dead, authorities say.

Meanwhile, a website in the name Sol Pais leaves behind a trail of disturbed journal entries, including drawings of guns and one of the Columbine killers.

You can see more excerpts from the journal entries later in this article.

Pais was found dead in Clear Creek County at the base of Mount Evans on April 17, CBS Denver reports. Law enforcement sources told the news station that it is believed that Pais took an Uber to Echo Lake, near Mount Evans. She was found dead by suicide “several hundred feet past Echo Lake Lodge up Mount Evans Road near where the road is currently closed for the season,” CBS reports.

A woman hiking near Mount Evans told the news station she was asked to leave by police because, “a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods.” The news station reported that 20 to 30 officers, including members of a SWAT team, were spotted in the area.

Prior to confirming her death, the FBI tweeted, “We can confirm there is investigative activity around the base of Mt. Evans. The investigation is active and ongoing. More information will follow soon,” and “UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. More information to follow shortly. #FindSol.”

Earlier, the Colorado Public Safety office said, “Sol Pais is armed and dangerous. We are operating out of an abundance of caution. The threat is not isolated to one school or individual. Federal, state, and local law enforcement are working together to keep our community safe.”

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Online writings in the name Sol Pais show a disturbed and depressed mentality. Heavy has reviewed the disturbing website and a Listography profile that link to that website. The website uses the username “Dissolved Girl.” Be aware the excerpts below contain graphic language. They contain the name Sol and Sol Pais, and the Listography page uses a profile photo that bears an almost identical resemblance to the law enforcement photos released of her. Although authorities have not confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the pages, they contain drawings of guns, severely depressed and rambling musings about death and life, and demonstrate a disturbed mindset. Here’s an example of a journal page with troubling comments. “Being alive is f*cking overrated,” it reads. “How do I pull it out of me? I’m f*cking empty.”

The Miami Herald reported that Miami police detectives found Pais’ “deeply disturbed” online postings after her parents reported her missing, which led to the FBI’s involvement. When that agency determined that she had flown to the Denver area, purchased a gun, and vanished, that led to the public outreach.



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Florida teen found dead after Columbine threat had ‘deeply disturbed’ blog, cops say

https://miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article229370514.html

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So far, Pais doesn’t fit the mold of school shooters like South Florida’s Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida’s worst school shooting. He had a long, documented history of emotional outbursts, discipline problems at school, a public fixation on weapons and threats against fellow students.

Many students and teachers considered him potentially dangerous. No one in the Miami-Dade school system, at least according to initial reviews and interviews, considered Pais a threat to others or herself.

But the case is still likely to put a spotlight again on the adequacy of mental-health screenings for students and gun buyers. Pais was able to purchase a shotgun, which was found next to her body, the same day she arrived in Colorado. Her gender may also raise new questions. Most school shooters are male.

“Just the fact that she is a female is unusual,” said J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego, who studies school shooters. He added: “Typically, these kids will have a pattern of social and psychological issues at school and will have been identified as students of concern.”

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article229370514.html



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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 08:25:17 am »
 

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You knew that the politicians had a solution waiting.

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Crow bill aims to close 'obvious loophole' that allowed Sol Pais to buy a shotgun in Colorado

https://gazette.com/news/crow-bill-aims-to-close-obvious-loophole-that-allowed-sol/article_f388f59f-8b49-5403-a05b-39e100dddc08.html

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow on Thursday introduced a proposal to prohibit the immediate, over-the-counter sales of rifles and shotguns to out-of-state residents, closing what the Aurora Democrat calls “an obvious loophole” in federal law that governs the sale of handguns.

“This is a 15-word bill,” Crow said in an interview. “All it does is treat all firearms the same. Firearms don’t discriminate, so we should treat them all the same.”

Crow said the legislation, dubbed the “Colorado Loophole Act,” was inspired by an incident in April when Sol Pais, a Florida teenager infatuated with the Columbine massacre, flew to Colorado and purchased a pump-action shotgun before killing herself on a snowy mountain west of Denver.

Before her body was discovered, authorities staged a massive manhunt, and hundreds of schools along the Front Range canceled classes as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting approached.

Under law, 18-year-old Pais was able to purchase a shotgun legally at a firearms dealer in Littleton, even though federal law would have prevented her from buying a handgun at the store because she wasn’t a resident of Colorado.

Crow’s bill would apply the same rules to out-of-state residents buying long guns — rifles and shotguns — as are in place for handgun purchases, requiring that dealers ship firearms to a licensed dealer in a buyer’s home state, where they would undergo background checks.

More at the link --> https://gazette.com/news/crow-bill-aims-to-close-obvious-loophole-that-allowed-sol/article_f388f59f-8b49-5403-a05b-39e100dddc08.html



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