HOUSTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The police in the U.S. city of Houston are investigating a threat against next week's Gay Pride parade.
The police were aware of a tweet that read: "There will be a massive shooting at the Pride parade in Houston, Texas," the Houston Chronicle daily on Wednesday quoted Houston police spokesman John Cannon as saying.
"We're trying to figure out who it is," Cannon said, referring to the now deleted account "crehgdu123" that tweeted the threatening message. "We're looking into it just like we'd look into any other threat made to someone's life."
The police encouraged those who know information about the owner of the account and any possible threat to the upcoming event to call 911 or the police hot line.
The Houston police said that more officers would attend this year's Pride event in the wake of the Orlando shooting, which left 49 people dead and more than 50 others injured.
On Wednesday night, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with more than 1,000 people, attended a candlelight vigil outside the City Hall, honoring the victims of Sunday's Orlando shooting.