Arrest made after mass shooting threats

Wade Burnside Booking Photo

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said they have made an arrest after a man allegedly made threats about a mass shooting and suicide at a casino.

According to officials, on Feb. 6 the Yuba City Police Department received a tip from a person saying they had received threatening text messages about a mass shooting. The messages indicated the shooting would occur on February 6, prior to 11 p.m.

Yuba Police Investigators said they learned the reporting party had met the suspect at Gold Country Casino, so they passed the information along to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

BCSO officials reported that a lengthy investigation identified the suspect as Wade Burnside, 26, of Oroville. Deputies found Burnside at his home in the 600 block of Mitchell Ave. in Oroville.

During a probation search of Burnside's home, deputies found the cellphone used to send the threatening text messages. Burnside initially denied sending the threatening text messages but eventually came clean when presented with the text messages on his own phone. Deputies also found 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, multiple methamphetamine smoking pipes, and ammunition inside Burnside's home.

Burnside was arrested for terrorist threats, possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation, and more.

The BCSO noted that they take threats such as these very seriously, and strongly encourage members of the public to contact law enforcement should they receive information about threats of this nature.

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