A false report of a serial killer on the loose in Palm Springs circulated on Facebook Monday.
The social media post stated that the Palm Springs Police Department was investigating a serial killer specifically targeting members of the LGBTQ community in downtown Palm Springs, but department officials on Monday said none of that information is true.
“We do not have knowledge of any such threat, and we do not know the source of this information,” the police department posted on Facebook.
The false report was shared by multiple people on the social media platform, and those who had posted the information were contacted by police to voluntarily remove the posts.
“We understand and appreciate those users who wanted to help. However, this information is simply untrue,” the department stated on Facebook.
“If the Palm Springs Police Department had knowledge of an imminent threat to our community, that information would be posted to all of our media outlets and officers would be deployed to assist with law enforcement efforts.”
It was not immediately clear if any action would be taken against whoever originally made the false claim.