Quick Thinking Gamer Averts School Shooting

   14/02/2010 at 17:56       Richard Horne       2 COMMENTS.
Source - BC Local News
 - Shoot Shooting, Arrest, Cyber-manhunt, Xbox Live, Unwitting hero
A gamer from Port Alberni became an unwitting hero when he instigated an international police cyber-manhunt which ultimately averted the threat of another tragic school shooting.

On the 4th of February, the un-named gamer was playing Xbox Live with some of his friends when he overheard a conversation between opposing team members. The discussion started innocuously enough with the antagonist discussing his falling grades, but the conversation quickly took a turn for the worse

Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik continues to story:

"One of the males was talking in detail about his plans to shoot some people in his school the next day, and even identified the persons," Omilusik said. "The local man asked him, 'do you know what you're doing?' and they abruptly terminated the audio."

The gamer immediately got in touch with the authorities who quickly initiated the cyber-hunt. And after contacting Microsoft's security division, the offending gamer's gamertag was traced and his IP address discovered. It's possible using an IP address to get a handle on a person's location and it was quickly discovered that the offender lived in San Antonio Texas. Police were alerted and almost immediately discovered and arrested the perpetrator.

Omilusik later confirmed that he had heard of such incidents happening elsewhere but admitted that it: "It's the first time for here.

""If you do this stuff online, then law enforcement agencies have the means and ways to identify and locate you,"
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