Woman connected to Denver-area school threats dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

The search for an 18-year-old woman described as being "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting" and who allegedly made a school threat, leading to heighten school security throughout the metro area, is over, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Jeff Shrader of Jefferson County, Colorado tells press that Pais died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She was described as being armed and "extremely dangerous" and it led to the closing of Denver-area schools as a precaution on Wednesday.

The FBI tweeted shortly afterward that there was no longer a threat to the community.

Authorities confirmed it was Pais's presence in the Denver area that triggered lockouts Tuesday - that's when outer doors are bolted, but classes continue as normal - first at Columbine and other Jefferson County institutions in the late morning, then dozens of other schools across the wider metro area as the Colorado Department of Education recommended all Denver-area schools immediately conduct lockouts and perform controlled releases of students. She was described as being armed and "extremely unsafe".

Another neighbor whose son rides the bus from Surfside with Pais said the teen was a loner.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said all troopers in Colorado are on the lookout for Pais.

On Tuesday night, officials started searching for Pais, asking the public to be on the watch for her.

"I think maybe she's got a mental problem", he told the Herald.

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Officers were seen removing the large stack of papers Wednesday morning from the single-family home of Sol Pais in Surfside, Florida, a city just north of Miami Beach.

"We know that there is a lot of anxiety right now in Colorado", Polis said in a statement.

Almost two dozen schools, including Columbine High School, were put on lockout on Tuesday, but the manhunt and increasing concern among parents prompted hundreds of schools to close on Wednesday, affecting almost half a million students.

Two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives. "The threats appear limited to schools in Colorado".

The FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting".

Pais may have been one of them. Somebody who identified herself as "Sol Pais" ran an online blog replete with journal entries dripping with angst and drawings of guns. "I am the face of loneliness and misery", the blog says.

Investigators say Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a shotgun and ammunition.

Pais was a student at Miami Beach Senior High School, said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

"She didn't seem any type of way", senior Justin Norris told the newspaper. "We're hoping to find her before any bad can be done".

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