September 27, 2022
Teen arrested in Canada for allegedly threatening mass shooting at Pride event in West Palm

WEST PALM BEACH — A 17-year-old in Canada threatened this past weekend to commit a mass shooting at a Pride event in West Palm Beach, police alleged Monday in announcing his arrest.

Canadian police took the teen into custody in the Toronto area early Monday, West Palm Beach Police spokesman Mike Jachles said. Police did not identify the teen or say whether he has ties to Palm Beach County. 

According to a police statement, the teen made anti-LGBTQ statements online and threatened to shoot people at the Pride on the Block 2022, which took place Sunday afternoon in downtown West Palm Beach.

Rand Hoch, a retired judge who serves as president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, said LGBTQ events always take place with “the specter of the Pulse nightclub massacre always in mind.”

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