Lollapalooza security guard arrested for false report of mass shooting threat

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:56AM
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A Lollapalooza security guard is charged for allegedly faking a mass shooting threat at the Grant Park music festival so she could leave work early.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An 18 year old security guard is behind bars after allegedly faking a mass shooting alert at Lollapalooza so she could leave work early.

As first reported by CWB, the guard is charged with sending a fake text threatening the festival to a co-worker who then alerted supervisors. The text read "Mass shooting at 4 p.m. location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets."

That set off a chain reaction within the Chicago Police Department and the FBI, who later found it was fake.

She is charged with making a false terrorism threat. She appeared in bond court and is being held in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. She is due back in court Monday.