Teenager Arrested After Threatening To "Shoot Up" Gay Bars

Boston police have arrested a 16 year-old who is thought to have been making calls to gay bars threatening a mass shooting.

Dbar, one of the gays bars in Boston that a caller threatened to

On Friday, November 23, a 16 year-old was arrested by police in New Hampshire for allegedly making threatening phone calls to two gay bars in Boston. The identity of the individual has not been released.

CBS reported earlier this month that two Boston gay bars alerted authorities that they had received phone calls threatening gun violence.

The threats first came a few days after the mass shooting in a bar in California on November 7 where the gunman killed 12 people. Then on Friday, November 23, both bars again received threatening calls, with dbar reporting that they received a “bigoted” call where the caller threatened to “shoot up the place”.

Meanwhile, the Alley Bar reported that the caller first asked for directions to the bar and in the course of the conversation, the person threatened the bar.

Alley Bar, one of the gay bars in Boston a caller threatened to "shoot up".

A statement from the Boston Police Department read, “At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on outstanding warrants sought out of Suffolk County Juvenile Court for Threats with Serious Public Alarm and Civil Rights Violations in connection to that investigation as well as additional warrants stemming from other charges from outside jurisdictions.”

“We don’t take any threats lightly,” Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said.

“Everybody should be able to enjoy any establishment that they wish to go into in the City of Boston. Whether it’s The Alley or dbar, you should be able to enjoy yourself peacefully,” he added.

Police traced the call to a landline in a landline in Peabody, about a 30-minute drive north of Boston. According to the Alley Bar, the person was “easily identifiable”. According to the Boston Police Department, the teen arrested is from Hampton, New Hampshire

Hugh Lane

Owner of dbar Brian Piccini said, “We will continue to show our defiance towards intolerance by not giving in to threats by standing united at dbar,” Piccini said. “We will continue to work with the BPD to ensure a safe and friendly experience for all of our guests.”

A similar incident occurred in Tennesee last month when four gay bars received leaflets featuring the word LGBT+ with images depicting ‘Lady Liberty, Gun, Beer, Trump’ standing for each letter of the acronym.

The firearm on the leaflet was reported to resemble the one used in the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 when 49 people were killed.

© 2018 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.