Stanley Cup Dec 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Puck with the 100th anniversary logo during the warmup period before the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Associated Press and KLAS out of Las Vegas have reported that a 33 year-old-man threatened to do a mass shooting during the Stanley Cup Finals between the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers.

Authorities say that Matthew DeSavio, 33, made the shooting threat. There were at least three people who alerted authorities about DeSavio’s threats including a relative who has a restraining order against him.

DeSavio reportedly posted incriminating messages on social media about the game, saying the city should be ready for a “massacre.”

“I’m coming for you guys tonight and I hope you get every [expletive] police officer in Vegas Golden Knights there to defend you!” one message read, police told KLAS. “Hope Sin City is ready for the Mandalay Bay massacre part duex .”

The suspect was referring to the 2017 Las Vegas Massacre when 58 people were shot to death on the night of the shooting while over 500 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

That was the largest mass shooting in US history.

“I warned y’all October 1st was just a preview,” DeSavio reportedly said in another post.

During his arrest, DeSavio reportedly said that the Knights needed to win the game by a certain amount or the massacre would occur.

The suspect hasn’t been formally charged yet, but he is facing $60,000 bail and charges of threatening an act of terrorism or mass destruction.

DeSavio also made threats last year on social media and was ordered by a judge to seek a mental evaluation after he was released but did not do.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.