School shooting THREAT: FBI issues warning of armed woman ahead of Columbine anniversary

The suspect has been named as 18-year-old Sol Pais who has been described as "extremely dangerous" by the FBI. She is understood to have flown from Miami to Denver on Monday when she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips said: “We consider her a credible threat to the community. She has not been charged with any crime but our priority is to find Miss Pais."

The Denver FBI office was alerted to the potential threat by colleagues in Miami.

Local schools were notified of the risk and around a dozen Denver area districts called off classes for the day.

Pais is understood to be wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said: "I know this opens a wound, especially during this anniversary week. I want residents to know that we have a lot of boots on the ground."

Two teenaged boys, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who attended Columbine High School shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher on April 20, 1999, then committed suicide.

At the time, it was the deadliest school shooting in US history.

Security alerts and safety drills have become commonplace in public schools across the USA since the Columbine shooting as campus gun violence has grown more frequent.

Denver public schools alone have held 22 lockdowns and 294 lockouts over the past two academic years, according to school data cited by the Denver Post.

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