Oroville man arrested after texts threaten mass shooting at casino

February 8, 2018 GMT

An Oroville man was arrested after Yuba City police and Butte County sheriff’s deputies thwarted a threatened casino mass shooting.

Wade Burnside, 26, was booked into Butte County Jail on suspicion of terrorist threats, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and violation of probation with $500,000 bail.

Yuba City police received a call on Tuesday from someone saying they received text messages threatening a mass shooting and suicide at an unknown casino, according to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release. The messages indicated the shooting would occur Tuesday before 11 p.m.

Yuba City police learned that the reporting party met Burnside at Gold Country Casino in Oroville and passed along the information to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, which identified and located Burnside.

During a probation search of Burnside’s residence, deputies found the cellphone used to send the text messages; though he originally denied sending them, he eventually admitted when presented with the texts on his cellphone, according to the press release. Deputies also found 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine smoking pipes and ammunition.

“This tip led to the apprehension of the suspect, and possibly prevented an active shooter situation at the casino that quite possibly saved the lives of many innocent citizens,” the press release read. “BCSO also wants to remind our citizens that we take threats such as these very seriously, and strongly encourages members of the public to contact law enforcement should they receive information on threats of this nature.”