WVU student arrested after police said he threatened to go on a shooting spree


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A freshman at West Virginia University has been arrested for making threats of terrorist acts after he threatened to carry out a “shooting spree,” according to West Virginia University Police.

Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, university police took Cheickna Kagnassy, 21, of Columbia Maryland, into custody, according to university officials. The tipster told police that Kagnassy threatened to carry out a shooting spree, then commit suicide, according to university officials. 

Court documents stated officers received screenshots of a Facebook conversation between Kagnassy and the tipster where Kagnassy said “I legit feel like going on a shooting spree,” and then killing himself. Kagnassy also sent a message that said, “Don’t worry dawg, I’ll likely be dead before I go on a shooting spree,” according to court documents.

When police arrested Kagnassy, a search of his residence did not find any weapons, according to university officials. Despite not finding any weapons, police said that there was “sufficient reason to take action.” Officers said they received permission from Kagnassy to search his phone and found the same Facebook messages that were sent to police in his deleted messages. 

Kagnassy has been charged with threats of terrorist acts, according to court documents. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond. If released, he is not allowed on WVU property.

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