New York State Police have identified the man who was arrested Monday for making a Facebook threat that led to the Camden Central School District being closed for the day.
Bradley Davis Jr., 22, is charged with felony making a terroristic threat.
Police say around 2 a.m. Monday, the Oswego Police Department was notified about the threat by an acquaintance of Davis. The man said he was concerned about alarming messages Davis sent him on Facebook, where he indicated that he planned on shooting up an un unidentified school in the Camden Central School District.
Oswego and Camden police worked together for the initial investigation, but because Davis’ whereabouts were unknown, they enlisted the help of state police. The Camden Central School District was also immediately notified and district officials decided to cancel classes Monday, since Davis hadn’t been located before school started, and it was unknown at that time whether or not he had the means to carry out an attack.
Police say Davis was ultimately found at a friend’s home in the city of Oneida and he was taken into custody without incident. Police say further investigation found that Davis had sent similar messages to other people as well.
Davis did not have access to any weapons at the time of his arrest, according to police, and it doesn’t appear that there was any ongoing planning for the event, but rather Davis was upset about personal issues.
Davis was transported to the Oneida County Jail where he was held awaiting arraignment.
The Oneida Police Department and Oneida County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
Camden Central School District Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Bryant says he recieved a call from Camden Police Chief Daniel Maher called him at 2:00 a.m. telling him his department was working with State Police on a credible school shooting threat.
Dr. Bryant says at 5:30 a.m. he talked to Chief Maher again, "They still had not located the individual in question so at that point I decided to secure all the buildings and close for the day."
Dr. Bryant says classes will resume Tuesday morning and counselors will be made available for any students or staff that may have concerns about coming back to school.