Local law enforcement stepped up security at city and county government buildings and was hunting for the author of two blog posts marked as “fiction” but describing shootings during government meetings.
Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said deputies were looking for the blog writer and planned to serve him with a criminal trespass warning.
“He’s going to be notified that he’s not welcome in the building,” Rowe said, referring to the courthouse.
The two posts were both described in their titles as fiction and were in the form of news stories.
One described a shooting at City Hall killing Mayor Tom Martin, City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and the gunman.
A second described a shooting at County Commissioners’ Court killing County Judge Tom Head and County Commissioner Patti Jones.
All but the main entrance to City Hall were locked and a police officer posted after the comments were read, Police Chief Dale Holton said.
“In today’s world, especially in light of recent events, we can’t really ignore certain threats,” Holton said.
A gunman in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday killed a federal judge and five others and injured 14, including a congresswoman.
Jones said she and fellow commissioners had long been aware of the blog author.
“I think the timing of it is absolutely horrible,” Jones said. “There’s always been an awareness there, because of him, but this has just heightened that.”
Martin, a former police chief, said he always had concerns for his safety and that of his family, co-workers and the citizens he met.
“But I’m not going to allow somebody making threats along this nature to keep me from doing my job,” Martin said.
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