New Waterford teen accused of threat to 'shoot-up' Pittsburgh Aeronautic Institute with AR-15
A Columbiana County teen remained in the Trumbull County Jail early Thursday after allegedly making an “active shooter” threat that caused the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to evacuate its building in Vienna Township.
Just one day after an 18-year-old man fatally shot 19 children and two adults at a school in Texas, Christian Blymiller, 18, of New Waterford was arrested on Wednesday by Vienna Police on charges of inducing panic and making terroristic threats.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Girard Municipal Court, Blymiller had an AR-15 assault-style rifle when he made “suicidal and homicidal threats” on Wednesday.
The complaint says the threats caused an evacuation of the PIA School for Aviation Maintenance near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport on Youngstown Kingsville Road.
According to dispatchers, a call came in shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday that a student was on his way to the school after buying a gun and two boxes of ammunition from a Youngstown pawnshop to shoot the school up.
Blymiller never was on campus with a weapon.
After Police phoned Blymiller and his father, the teen surrendered to police at a truck stop on Route 7 in North Lima at 6:30 p.m.
The father turned the weapon over to authorities.
PIA issued the following statement:
Late Wednesday, May 25th, a security concern was communicated at PIA School for Aviation Maintenance in Youngstown.
The safety of our students and our community is our highest priority, and we are grateful that any potential for crisis was averted by the swift response of our students and staff, together with the local law enforcement.
We will continue to work collaboratively with law enforcement officials as they manage an ongoing investigation and will keep our campus community informed of any new developments as they occur.
Blymiller appeared in court via video and was ordered to be held in jail without bond and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
Another court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 1.