The boy is a Gwinnett resident, police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. His name and other identifying information were not released due to state Open Records laws. The charge was harassing communications.
Tuesday, Gwinnett police ramped up visible and undercover patrols at the Buford mall because of the threat, which was made in an online gaming chat room, police said. The person had threatened to “shoot up” the mall and said the shooting would happen at 3 p.m. Tuesday.