Man allegedly threatened to "open fire" with machine gun at rally

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Authorities have arrested an Ocean County man for allegedly threatening to shoot a gun at a rally in support of stricter gun control laws.

Shane Steele, 42, of Lakewood, is facing a charge of terroristic threats, according to an Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office news release.

Prosecutors saw the investigation began after a civilian contacted the Manalapan Police Department on Feb. 19 and reported that Steele allegedly authored a post on Facebook stating his intent to open fire with a machine gun at a “March For Our Lives” rally.

Rallies for stricter gun control laws were organized after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“March For Our Lives” events are slated for March 24 worldwide. Prosecutors did not specify whether the alleged threat was directed at a specific event or on March 24.

Authorities conducted an “extensive search” of Steel’s residence that did not uncover any firearms, according to the news release.

He was released on a summons to answer the charge at a future date, authorities said.

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