Dominick Elick Moore, 18, a student of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, has been arrested. He was charged with one count of terrorizing, which is a felony charge.
Moore used to have a YikYak account using his phone number. But after making a post with a false claim, the social media app banned his number.
Because of this, Moore allegedly used the phone number of a friend to activate his YikYak account with the permission of the friend. With a newly activated account, Moore took to the social media app to claim that there will be an active shooter in the 459, a dining hall on the Louisiana State University campus.
“there’s about to be an active shooter in the 459 at 6:30,” Moore allegedly wrote on YikYak at around 6:18 p.m. on January 24, 2022, the post was made either in the 459 or near the dining hall.
The claim turned out to be false. Investigators were able to confirm that Moore was in the 459 when the YikYak post was made.
Created by Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, YikYak is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Both Droll and Buffington graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
YikYak, which is available for iOS, allows users to create and view discussion threads within a 5-mile radius. The app was launched in November 2013, closed in April 2017 and was relaunched in August 2021.