911 caller makes threat to “shoot up people”

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Guam – The Guam Police Department is assessing information received during a 9-1-1 call reporting a threat of a possible active shooter.

Sgt. Paul Tapao confirms that the caller has threatened to “shoot up people.”

The call was made by an unknown male and the threat was non-specific.

As of 1:40 this afternoon the Guam Museum and the Guam Legislature were making preparation for a lock down in response to the 9-1-1 threat. However, there is no indication that the threat is specifically targeted to these buildings.

While GPD has not identified the caller, a picture has been circulated on social media of the male individual believed to have placed the call.

But as quickly as the picture surfaced, PNC received a video showing the alleged active shooter identified as John Salas. In the video he denies allegations that he is the active shooter, calling it a “set up” further stating that he has been at work the entire time.

GPD has initiated an investigation and advises the community to stay calm.

He reminds the community to stay vigilant, be being aware of your surroundings and reporting all suspicious activity to 911.

This is a developing story.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.