CO looking for ties to San Bernardino shooting

Posted at 7:26 AM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 09:26:10-05

As authorities in California examine potential evidence suggesting radicalism may be involved with the mass shooting in San Bernardino, officials with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are reviewing the case to be sure there are no local ties.

The state's homeland security chief, Kevin Klein, told Denver7 there will likely be an increased effort to scan everything from social media to police reports for potential problems.            

"There's no known threats at this time,” said Klein. “We're not doing anything different. We're just amping it up a bit," he said.

Today, some of the state’s top leaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, participated in a previously scheduled emergency drill.

Colorado has been the backdrop for several cases involving extremists.

A local woman was arrested in July 2014 while trying to board a flight at Denver International Airport. The FBI says her goal was to meet ISIS operatives.

Later that same month -- three Denver teens were stopped in Germany, heading to Syria.

But cases of radicalism are sometimes hard to trace until something happens.

"It could be anything. We saw it with Planned Parenthood. We saw it with the earlier Colorado Springs shooting," said Klein. "How do people end up there? Looking at what leads to that is important. Because our number one mission is prevention,” said Klein.

Klein says he anticipates further efforts to include getting local law enforcement in statewide homeland security efforts.


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