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HUB Shooting Threat Suspect in Custody

Update, 10:13 a.m.: Penn State police have identified Jong Seong Shim as the student responsible for the HUB shooting threat, according to court documents. He faces charges of terroristic threats with intention to terrorize another, terroristic threats causing serious public inconvenience, and disorderly conduct with a hazardous physical offense, according to the criminal docket sheet.


Update, 10:48 p.m.: The person suspected of making the shooting threat today is in custody, according to a PSU Alert. The person is charged with one count of making terroristic threats and his arraignment is set for tomorrow.

The person is a 20-year old student and admitted to making the threat on Yik Yak. He told police it was a “prank,” according to the release.

“Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke. It’s considered a terroristic threat in this case and this individual will be held accountable,” Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said.

Police worked with Yik Yak to confirm where the update was posted. After searching his residence, police did not find any weapons. The suspect’s name is not being released until tomorrow morning.


Update, 5:15 p.m.: Penn State issued an updated statement on the anonymous HUB shooting threat. According to the statement, the University Police are continuing their investigation of the threat and “remain on high alert.” Campus operations will continue as normally scheduled on Monday and police will have an increased presence in the HUB.

The regional FBI office has been alerted of the shooting threat as the police attempt to verify its credibility. The Yik Yak owners have also been contacted and police are working to trace the author of the threat.


Penn State Police are implementing security measures after an anonymous shooting threat was posted to the social media app Yik Yak. The message briefly appeared at 10:26 p.m. before police were alerted.

The original message has since been downvoted off Penn State’s Yik Yak, but was widely distributed among students through screenshots.

Penn State distributed a University Park Alert titled “UP Bomb Threat,” followed by another University Park Alert titled “Correction: shooting threat.” According to these alerts, the police are working to verify the credibility of the threat on this location-based online platform, which allows anonymous postings from those in the region.

As a precautionary measure, a University police presence will be stationed at the HUB on Monday. Police are continuing to investigate the matter and are asking that anyone with information about this posting or its author to call 814-863-1111.

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