Nearly 20 Colorado school districts are closed Wednesday as the FBI escalates a manhunt for an armed 18-year-old woman they described as “infatuated” with the Columbine shooting.
Police are looking for Sol Pais who traveled from Florida to Colorado and immediately purchased a shotgun before making various threats to area schools, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The FBI said Pais has “expressed an infatuation with Columbine and the shooting that happened tragically 20 years ago,” where 12 students and a teacher were killed, according to the FBI. April 20 will mark the shooting’s 20th anniversary, and more than 100 schools have opted to close until the FBI apprehends Pais, including Columbine High School.
“Because of her comments and her actions, because her travel here to the state, because of her procurement of a weapon immediately upon arriving here, we considered her to be a credible threat certainly to the community and potentially to schools,” FBI special agent Dean Phillips said in a statement. (RELATED: Columbine Shooting Survivor Has Surprising View On Concealed Carry)
The school closures are concentrated around Denver and Jefferson counties, where several schools have reported receiving threats from Pais. Columbine itself was placed on lockout Tuesday due to the specific “credible” threat. Police described Pais as a white female, approximately 5 ft. 5 in. in height who was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots, according to a police statement.
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