Report: Man claimed 'shooters in place' in threatening call to Cane Bay High School

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a man contacted Cane Bay High School with a threatening call stating that shooters were in place to shoot the windows of the school and bombs had been placed on campus.

Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office arrested 20-year-old David Aaron Moultrie of Pineville for the incident which led to a lockdown of the school on Tuesday.

According to investigators, shortly before noon, the school resource officer was alerted to calls coming into the office at the school reporting that four shooters were in place outside of the school with their weapons aimed at the windows.

"The caller told the receptionist that they had one hour to get everyone out of the school and then hung up," BCSO officials said."The school was placed into a lockdown as a precaution while deputies responded to investigate."

A report states another call was placed to the school by the same caller about 20 minutes later telling the receptionist that they now had only 40 minutes to empty the school or they would begin shooting.

"A third call was received after that but the caller hung up," deputies said.

BCSO officials said at 12:27 p.m, the person called back to report that twelve bombs had been placed in the school.

The school was cleared and the threat was determined to be not credible around 1 p.m.

Detectives began to investigate the call and attempt to identify the person responsible.

The investigation led to an address on Matilda Circle in Pineville. An investigation revealed that Moultrie placed the calls.

"We take these threats very seriously and will do everything in our power to apprehend those responsible. Not only is it disruptive to the schools, it puts parents and the community on edge unnecessarily," Sheriff Duane Lewis stated.

Detectives located Moultrie later in the day and he was taken into custody without incident.

According to a report, Moultrie told a detective that he was high and intoxicated when he made the calls.

"He did not provide any reason for making the calls but acknowledged that they were made by him," BCSO officials said.

Moultrie was locked up at the Hill Finklea Detention Center for threatening to use a destructive device and is currently awaiting a bond hearing.

Officials with Cane Bay High School released a statement regarding the lockdown.

The lockdown was initiated as a precautionary measure after the school received a phone call indicating that individuals were outside of the school, intending to do harm to the students. The school then received a second phone call from the same individual alleging that there were several bombs on campus. Law enforcement responded immediately to investigate these threats. The threats have since been determined to be unfounded. Law enforcement advised that it was safe to lift the lockdown.

The call was reported at approximately 12:20 p.m., according to Berkeley County School District spokeswoman Katie Orvin.

Shortly before 1 p.m., deputies posted to their Facebook message that there are "multiple deputies" on the school campus and said all of the students are safe. Deputies say they responded, "after a series of suspicious calls" were made to the school.

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