Alabama Teen Arrested in Shooting Case Will Face Terror Charge in Unrelated Hate Hoax

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Alabama: The Opelika Police Department investigated a post on social media threatening to shoot black attendees at the Lee County Fair. Through the investigation, 18-year-old Pharrell Smith was developed as a suspect. Smith is black. He was arrested on charges of attempted murder in an unrelated shooting case that took place on September 1, 2022. He will be extradited to Alabama “to face a felony charge of making a terroristic threat” in the alleged hoax case.

Alabama 18-year-old Pharrell Smith is under arrest and will face charges for allegedly threatening to shoot black fairgoers attending the Lee County Fair.

WRBL reports a post threatening black fairgoers began to be investigated by the Opelika Police Department on September 19, 2022.

The Opelika PD released as statement which said, in part, “Early yesterday, 9/19/s022, the Opelika Police Department was made aware of a racially inflammatory post on Facebook where an individual threatened to shoot attendees of a certain demographic at the upcoming Lee County Fair.”

Opelika Police chief Shane Healey said, “The department takes threats like these very seriously and immediately began an investigation. Officials were able to trace the social media account to a residence in Lafayette, AL. Through the investigation, 18-year-old Pharrell Smith was developed as a suspect. On 10/06/2022, the Lafayette Police Department arrested Smith on unrelated charges.” reports Smith allegedly made this a threat by posting a poster, adorned with Confederate flags, which said, “[We are] coming to [the] Opelika Alabama fair to kill every NEGRO that we lay eye contact on so be prepared. WHITE POWER.”

Smith was arrested in Lafayette, Louisiana, and will be extradited to Alabama “to face a felony charge of making a terroristic threat.”

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