Crime - Sacto 911

Man booked for Twitter shooting threat at Sonora High

Elijah Perez
Elijah Perez Sonora police

Sonora police have arrested a man for allegedly threatening on social media to commit a shooting at Sonora High School in which he would target three specific students.

Police said three Sonora High students went to the Police Department Saturday night and reported that Elijah Perez, 20, of Sonora made threats about carrying out a shooting at their school.

The students showed officers Twitter messages Perez allegedly sent. The tweets centered on Perez carrying out a school shooting, plus the targeting of three students, according to Sonora police.

Perez also tweeted about news coverage such a shooting would produce – and prison time for such an offense.

Fearing that Perez had access to weapons, the students suspected he was able to carry out a shooting and went to police.

Officers found Perez at his home and said that he admitted to making the threatening tweets. A search of his residence turned up only a pellet gun.

He was booked into Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews