A man in Maryland is accused of making threats of mass violence against businesses and elementary schools the same day a teenager in Texas slaughtered 21 people inside a school.
Earl Benjamin Washington, 46, was arrested on May 25 in connection to the threats, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland.
He allegedly made the threats on May 24 when he called several businesses and Gale-Bailey Elementary School, according to the sheriff’s office.
The calls were related to people he knew and believed to be domestic-related, officials said.
Officers got an arrest warrant and asked for the public’s help finding Washington. He was arrested the next day.
The threats came the same day a gunman opened fire inside a classroom in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people, including 18 students. The shooting caused horror throughout America. Not all of the victims have been identified.