A gay Atlanta man is under investigation by Atlanta police after a series of tweets was posted to his Twitter account threatening two LGBT bars in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
“TEN or Blake's could be the next Orlando. You think I am the type to be the next 'shooter'? Keep hating me then,” read a tweet from Brett Edgerton's Twitter account in the wake of the shootings in Florida that killed 49 people in the gay bar Pulse.
That tweet was followed with another: “You are all dead to me.” And another, “I will be your the last person you will see.”
The Twitter account where the tweets were posted, @BrettTEdgerton, has since been deactivated. The account carried the tagline, “Most Gorgeous Man in Midtown Atlanta.”
In April, a series of tweets from the same account also threatened LGBT people in Atlanta. On April 16, he tweeted, “I will terrorize the gays in Atlanta. Just you wait.”
Two days later, “Where will Brett Edgerton strike next? Which gay man will he harrass next in Midtown, Athens or elsewhere.”
On April 25, a tweet from the account said, “I like watching people.”
On Tuesday, several people tweeted screen captures of the threats to Atlanta Police, while others called 9-1-1 to report them. At some point on Tuesday, police tracked Edgerton down and questioned him, according to Elizabeth Espy, the agency's public affairs director.
Edgerton is cooperating with police, who opened an investigation and turned it over to the agency's Homeland Security Unit, Espy said.
Police stressed that neither bar is in danger.
“There is no reason to believe either location is in danger. People should feel free to visit both establishments,” Espy said.
James Nelson, the owner of Ten, credited Atlanta police for taking the threats seriously. He added that the incident will not impact the bar, which is working “diligently to make sure that everyone is protected.”
“It is important for everybody to understand that we are not going to let this put fear in us,” Nelson said. “But we are also going to make sure our business, customers and employees are safe.”
The threats come as Atlanta police and Mayor Kasim Reed pledged to increase patrols around LGBT businesses after the killings in Orlando. On Sunday, hundreds of people flooded the parking lot of Ten for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims. Ten is also hosting a benefit to raise funds for victims on June 22.
We've also reached out to Blake's and will update the post when we hear back from them.
@Shamel2k we are investigating. Don't worry we are on top of this.
— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) June 15, 2016