Army, FBI investigating dark web ‘chatter’ about ‘Joker’ movie theater shooting

October 5, 2019 in News by RBN Staff


FORT SILL, Okla. (KXAN) — The Army is investigating “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” about a possible movie theater shooting, but reported ties to Travis County appear to be a mistake.

The original memo, prepared by a criminal intelligence analyst, said the Fort Sill CID received an intelligence bulletin about a “credible potential mass shooting to occur at an unknown movie theater during the release of the new Joker movie scheduled on October 4, 2019.”

The memo said the information came from the Travis County Sheriff’s office, but TCSO spokeswoman Kristen Dark said an Army agent told her office “TCSO was accidentally credited for the information but that it was actually received from a different source.”

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Chief of Public Affairs Chris Grey told KXAN the information actually came from the Texas Department of Public Safety Joint Crime Information Center. Grey said its Fort Sill field office did send out the original memo to a “select internal group” Monday “out of an abundance of caution to help keep our Soldiers and their families safe.”

The memo released Sept. 23 said “This notice is to have the widest dissemination to the FSOK [Fort Sill, Oklahoma] community as a potential threat within the AOR [area of responsibility]. Commanders need to be aware of this threat for Soldier and family safety and to increase situational awareness should they choose to attend the release of this movie at a local theater.”

A memo sent out at Fort Sill CID relating to dark web ‘chatter’ about a threat (Fort Sill CID Memo)

The Fort Sill CID’s memo said it would monitor the intelligence and update the community if it gets new information.

The Fort Sill CID is based in Oklahoma and part of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The network, which has offices in 30 states, is set up to collect, analyze, process and distribute information about criminal intelligence. According to its website, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s mission “is to investigate and deter serious crimes in which the Army has an interest.”