Police in Massachusetts have apprehended a woman who allegedly made threats over social media to shoot a person at random.
Authorities had asked the public to look out for a gray Jeep Cherokee with Massachusetts plates reading "491VE1," driven by a woman named Sarah Curran of Wakefield. Anyone who sees this vehicle or person is asked to call 911 immediately.
At 5:40 p.m., a Bedford Police officer spotted Curran driving along Route 62 and pulled her over. After confirming her identity, she and taken to an area hospital for evaluation without further incident.
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Police later said no weapons were found in Curran's vehicle.
Burlington Police said police in Merrimack, New Hampshire, contacted them around 1:20 p.m. about the online threat, and that a trace of Curran's phone indicated she was in Burlington.
Further pings of her phone indicated she was never in Burlington, but was in a North Shore community — first in Manchester-by-the-Sea and then in the Peabody area.
Schools in Burlington were briefly locked down out of an abundance of caution, but authorities lifted the lock-down just before 2 p.m. Classes were not disrupted.
Police said there was no danger to the Burlington community. They would not say whether she was believed to have a gun.
Manchester-by-the-Sea police said they were notified around 2 p.m. that Curran's cell phone had pinged to a location in their town. They conducted a search of the area but did not find her. They said a second ping showed that her vehicle was in Peabody. A third, later ping showed the vehicle in neighboring Middleton.
"There was never any indication that the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea was a target or that Sarah Curran had a previous connection to this area," Manchester police Chief Ed Conley said. "All we know is that a telephone belonging to Sarah Curran was in Manchester-by-the-Sea, along with other North Shore Communities, at some point today. Officers, however, remain vigilant."