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Missouri shooting threat inspired by ‘American Sniper’

REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — Police have seized five guns and two books from a 13-year-old boy officers allege had threatened a school shooting outside Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that police arrested an unidentified teenager in the Friday threat, alleging the boy said on social media that he would shoot up a Republic school with an AK-47.

A search warrant authorized police to seize “any writings, documents, journals” that could contain “data, writings or searches” associated with making a terrorist threat.

Court documents say the seized books were “American Sniper” and “The Darkest Path.” The former is about a soldier who recorded the most career sniper kills in U.S. military history. The latter is a fiction book about an ex-child soldier living in what the author’s website says is the “Second American Civil War.”

The boy’s attorney says the case has been exaggerated.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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