Threatening letters addressed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in both New York and Washington, D.C. have been found preliminarily to contain ricin, police said today.
The anonymous threats to Bloomberg were opened in New York City on Friday, and by the director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns – of which Bloomberg is co-chairman – on Sunday.
Preliminary tests on both letters concluded that they contained the deadly toxin ricin, police said.
The writer of the letters made reference to debate on gun laws. Mayor Bloomberg is a strong supporter of gun control.
A law enforcement source told CBS News that the letter threatened ‘this is a taste of what’s to come if you come to take my gun,’ though the exact wording of the letter was not disclosed.
“The FBI has an investigation ongoing and so things like the exact wording and the postmarks, etc. we’re not going to disclose,” NYPD deputy commissioner Paul Browne told WCBS 880 and 1010 WINS. “It was a pink-orange oily substance that subsequently, in the preliminary tests, indicate the presence of ricin.”
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