CLEVELAND, OH — (05-28-23) — Cleveland 19 News received a bomb threat last Friday afternoon against five Target stores in the area that were selling LGBTQ+ merchandise for PRIDE Season 2023. The threat was received via email to the news station at 12:26 p.m.
Immediately jumping to action, Cleveland 19 News staff made reports with each local police department as well as the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. It was not immediately known if the bomb threats were legitimate, though precautions were quickly taken to ensure no one at Cleveland 19 News got hurt.
The bomb threat email was aimed at Targets in Jackson Township, Boardman, Stow, Niles, and Monaca, Penn.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland sent 19 News the following statement:
“The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland does not condone violence under any circumstance. The threats made to Target recently are a disheartening development especially when our community is preparing to come together to celebrate our Pride. We are in alignment with the position Human Rights Campaign has recently taken, calling on Target to stand firm in the face of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment and rhetoric.”
Some local news outlets in Utah have also reported bomb threats to several target stores in Utah. In fact several Target stores were evacuated over the threats but police found out that the threat was a hoax.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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