Christopher Grey, the chief of public affairs for the US Army CID, said the threat is real but not specific. Grey confirmed the details of a specific document that had began circulating on social media this week.
Grey said the threat is real but there is no specific information about where the shooting could take place. The threat came from the dark web.
The document says the Fort Sill CID Office received information about a mass shooting at a movie theater in an unknown location on Oct. 4 during the release of “Joker.”
The document said the information came from the Travis County, Texas, sheriff’s office. But the public information officer for the sheriff’s office said that part is untrue and that they didn’t offer a report on those details.
“In the memorandum that we put out, Army CID made a mistake in that memorandum. It wasn’t the Travis County Texas Sheriff’s Office that disseminated the information. It was the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Grey said.
Grey told KSWO-TV that the Texas DPS Joint Crime Information released the original information about the threat, which has been running through social media this week.
“The Fort Sill special agent in charge made a decision out of an abundance of caution to notify a select group at Fort Sill of Army soldiers and leaders just to warn them about this and give them a warning about it. and once that was done then it was outside of law enforcement channels and it has gone from there,” Grey said.
Reports suggested earlier this week that the U.S. military issued a warning about potential “incel” attacks related to the “Joker” screenings, as reported by the Deseret News. The U.S. Army Base in Fort Sill warned commanders about potential threats, which was deemed “a credible potential mass shooting to occur at an unknown movie theater.”
“Joker” director Todd Phillips said in a recent interview that he is against all the outrage for the film, according to the Deseret News.
“I think it’s because outrage is a commodity, I think it’s something that has been a commodity for a while,” Phillips said in his Sept. 20 interview first published Wednesday. “What’s outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. It’s really been eye-opening for me.”
“While there is not (as far as we know) a mass shooting in the film, that particular expression of violence has been a fear because on the opening night of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ a man who witnesses characterized as being dressed like The Joker entered a theater and opened fire, killing and injuring several patrons,” according to ComicBook.com.