- Last Updated: 1:47 AM, August 8, 2012
- Posted: 12:24 AM, August 7, 2012
The NYPD will subpoena Twitter today to force the social-media site to identify a psycho poster who is threatening a “Batman”-style shooting rampage at a Broadway theater, The Post has learned.
“This s--t ain’t no joke yo — I’m serious, people are gonna die like aurora,” the lunatic scrawled in one tweet, referring to last month’s massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in that carnage.
“Gosh I’m still making this hit list damn I wanna kill a lot of people,” the nutjob warned in another chilling tweet about the bloodshed he would unleash at the Longacre Theatre in Midtown, home to Mike Tyson’s one-man show, “Undisputed Truth.”
Detectives immediately sent an “emergency request” to Twitter in an effort to unmask the sicko — but the social media site flat-out refused it in an e-mail the next day, the sources said.
“We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account,” the e-mail said.
“While we do invoke emergency-disclosure procedures when it appears that a threat is present, specific and immediate, this does not appear to fall under those strict parameters as per our policies.”
The response prompted the NYPD to dispatch officers, including heavily armed Hercules teams, to the theater, sources said.
“We’ll cover the theater until we find this guy,” said police spokesman Paul Browne, adding that the NYPD obtained the subpoena yesterday from the Manhattan DA’s Office in order to unmask the account holder — whose online handle is being withheld for security reasons.
“We needed a name and we needed it fast. Twitter said no,” Browne fumed.
Twitter did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.
The drama began Friday, when the NYPD’s Intel Unit received word of the threats on opening night of the Spike Lee-directed play.
Investigators were quickly alarmed by the disturbing material on the Twitter page, including one tweeter who asked why the madman hadn’t made good on his promise to “shoot that theatre up.”
The maniac replied, “I had last minute plans and I’m in Florida rite now but it’ll happen I promise. I’m just finishing up my hit list.”