Florida police arrest 10-year-old boy on mass shooting threat after Texas massacre

Florida police have arrested a 10-year-old boy for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at his elementary school.

Daniel Issac Marquez, a student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, messaged his friend that he bought four assault rifles and said, “Get ready for water day,” according to his arrest report.

His threat was taken seriously after the nation’s deadliest school shooting in a decade, as federal officials announced they would review the slow response of local law enforcement to the attack.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Marquez’s case is being handled by the Youth Services Criminal Investigation Division.

“Right now is not the time to act like a petty criminal. It’s not funny. This kid made a false threat, and now he’s facing real consequences,” Marceno told reporters.

“This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Making sure our children are safe is paramount,” he added.

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Anger mounted over Uvalde law enforcement’s decision to allow the shooter to remain in a classroom for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and the children inside room were making panicked calls to 911 for help.

Police say the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, entered the school on Tuesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle after earlier shooting his grandmother, who survived.

He shot dead 21 people, including 19 students and two teachers, with President Joe Biden vowing to push for tougher US gun regulations.

(With agency contributions)

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