A local man has been charged with using his Facebook page to threaten a mass shooting at two businesses.
Michael Anthony Hall, 23, allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Hitachi Cable, a manufacturing company in the Ellyson Industrial Park, and Kelly Services, an employment agency on Corporate Woods Drive. He is facing a second degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat. He was released from the Escambia County Jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hitachi Cable on Ely Road in reference to threats after the company became aware of possible threats on Hall’s Facebook page. According to an arrest report, he made threats such as, “Now if when I spray the whole building”; “smell the BLOOD (metal) from the bodies from the highway”; “I promise to God when I get me a Mack or an Uzi, I’m [expletive] you [expletive] up, spraying the whole building”; and “I want to smell the blood from the bodies from the highway”.
Deputies were able to positively identify Hall from photographs on his Facebook page.
A Hitachi human resources manager told investigators that Hall had been terminated. He was a temporary employee and had voiced complaints about other employees. She told deputies that Hall stated that if certain coworkers kept talking “he was going to snap and they will need the police and ambulance there”, the arrest report states. The HR boss told deputies that she and coworkers feared Hall would carry out the threats.
A Kelly Services representative was brought in, and Hall again made threats about “laying out” specific employees, according to authorities.
Hall was taken into custody on Pompano Street in Cantonment.
The Escambia County Jail lists Hall’s home address as Pace Parkway in Cantonment, while the arrest report lists his address as Thorndale Place in Atmore.