New York State lawmakers are on high alert this morning after getting a shocking e-mail threatening their lives.
It's titled, "Time to kill" and was sent Friday morning. Now, State Police are tracking down who wrote it. The email, was sent from someone claiming to be a state employee.
In it the person says news reporters, politicians and the wealthy will all be targets. It claims they are giving a voice to the unheard.
There are some very seriously threats in the e-mail, “My group is going to do everything possible to provoke terrorist attacks on New York by al-Qaida, and by tea party nut cases, and by religious extremists, lone wolves and anyone else who we can provoke into picking up a gun. We want to create anarchy.”
It goes on to say, “If we attack a school bus full of kids, it may have no effect on the hardened criminals who rule Albany, but it will put the public in an uproar. Our goal is to create anarchy. You'll have to kill us to stop us.”
The e-mail goes on to make several more threats, even citing the Gabriel Giffords shooting back in January.
The e-mail was sent on April Fools Day so some lawmakers are hoping it is a joke in poor taste. Assemblyman Bill Reilich got the email and he is taking it seriously. He says, “In this day and age when something can be sent electronically like that through the e-mail, people wouldn't do that unless they had issues they were dealing with themselves. A typical person in the district is not going to send something of that nature with threats to state elected officials and others. You can't discount it, you have to take it seriously and it's rather frightening for all involved to receive that. It's not only a threat for the legislature, but it indicated some other additional violence might occur.”
Reilich said this is the first time in his political career he has received a threatening email like this. State Police are now trying to figure out who sent it.