Arrest made in Ludlow H.S. hoax mass shooting threat


A Ludlow man is facing a number of charges after police say he allegedly made shooting threats towards Ludlow High School Thursday afternoon.

Lieutenant Michael Brennan of the Ludlow Police Department told 22News 24-year-old Philip Manuel Costa is behind the “mass shooting” threat that was made towards the high school after an investigation into the social media post.

Lt. Brennan said the school shooting threat posted on Snapchat was reported around 3:45 p.m. The Snapchat post indicated that the shooting would take place at the Ludlow High School on Friday.

Costa is facing charges including obstruction of justice, threatening the use of deadly weapons, disturbing a school and disturbing the peace. He was arrested without incident at his residence.

Police have confirmed that the shooting threat is “in fact a hoax” and that Costa is solely responsible for the “fabricated threat.”

Costa is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Palmer District Court.

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