MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach Police and the FBI are working to determine who emailed a bomb threat on Sunday that led to the evacuation of a drag show brunch at a popular Myrtle Beach restaurant.
Meanwhile, police along the west coast of the United States are investigating death threats against State Sen. Scott Wiener, of San Francisco, including a bomb threat that listed his home address, according to The San Francisco Standard’s report.
The threats against Wiener, just like the threat received by News13, came via email. The name of the person who emailed both News13 and The San Francisco Standard with the threats appears to be the same.
A person using the name “Zamina Tataro” sent the e-mails to Calif. State Sen. Wiener, to a high school in Ontario, Canada where a transgender teacher works and to the Boston Children’s Hospital’s transgender health care unit, according to The San Francisco Standard.
“These threats come at a time of heightened attention for Wiener,” The San Francisco Standard said. “His legislation — including a bill to turn California into a sanctuary for transgender children from states that have outlawed gender-affirming treatment — has made him a target for rightwing extremists.”
News13 received the email, which threatened to blow up the Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant, at 11:50 a.m. Sunday and immediately notified Myrtle Beach police.
Police searched the restaurant for explosives and other threats but found nothing, Myrtle Beach Police Master Cpl. Tom Vest said on Sunday. On Monday, he confirmed that two FBI task force members working on the case.
In the email to News13, the sender said: “We have placed several bombs in the Mr Fish Restaurant, 6401 N Kings Hwy. We are not terrorists hurt children which is why you have this warning to evacuate.”
The email also named six people and threatened to kill them. News13 is not identifying those people.
The email also made other threats and accusations.
“You b——- are all child abusers and will all burn in hell,” it said. “This event is grooming children. For all “of human history its been known that the innonence of children should be preserved, you are scarring the future generations with your perverted fantasizes. You deserve to die and we will kill all you f—— for preying on children.”
The doors to Sunday’s event were scheduled to open at 11:30 a.m., with showtime set for 12:30 p.m, according to the website for Mr. Fish. The restaurant had similar events scheduled in October and November.
News13 also provided a copy of the email to a person with the business. That person declined an interview with News13, stating the FBI advised them to not talk about the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382 and reference report number 22-023437.
MBPD said callers can remain anonymous.
Count on News13 for updates.