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Boca Raton man arrested after posting ‘mass murder coming soon’ online

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(Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s)

(BOCA RATON, FL) – A Boca Raton man was arrested after police say he made a dangerous threat online.

According to the Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies 33-year-old Lowell Thomas Schoonmaker threatened a mass shooting while chatting on Twitch, a social media platform.

Police say Schoonmaker made several disturbing statements on Dec. 9 while using Twitch which is used to live stream video games and other entertainment content. The platform also allows users to speak to each other while watching videos.

The sheriff’s office said another Twitch user sent a tip to the FBI about Schoonmaker’s comments, which included “Mass murder coming soon” and “Today I’m going to kill 20 people have a nice day.”

An arrest affidavit said other comments posted by Schoonmaker said he wanted to “destroy the world” and “time for me to ruin my world.”

Detectives were able to trace the IP address of the user, which led them to Schoonmaker’s home in Boca Raton. When law enforcement confronted him about the threatening statements, Schoonmaker said he was depressed, drunk and didn’t mean it. He told investigators that he didn’t have any firearms.

Schoonmaker was taken into custody Dec. 14 and faces a charge of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

He is being held at the main Palm Beach County Jail.