College of the Holy Cross student allegedly posted online threats to ‘shoot up’ movie theater

A student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester is accused of posting online threats saying he planned to “shoot up’’ a Massachusetts movie theater, according to authorities.

Gregory Hamalian, 21, of West Bridgewater, was arrested at the school Friday night, said Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

Authorities were notified overnight Thursday that Hamalian had allegedly said online that “he intends to go to a Massachusetts theater and shoot it up,’’ Connolly said.

He said the alleged threats did not specify a theater.

The spokesman said he did not know more details, including when the alleged threats were made or to which social media website they were posted.


Hamalian was held on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester Central District Court on Monday, according to Connolly. He faces a charge of making terroristic threats and four counts of threatening to commit a crime.

The spokesman said he did not immediately know whether Hamilian has faced criminal charges before.

He was placed on interim suspension Friday night and “will remain so until disposition of the matter and college review, in accordance with our student conduct policies,’’ college spokeswoman Ellen Ryder said in an e-mail Sunday night.

Hamalian is a junior and member of the track and field team at Holy Cross, she said.

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