BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Texas man has been federally charged with threatening Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and current medical analyst with CNN, over her support of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Scott Eli Harris allegedly sent Wen a message in July and threatened she would be shot, claiming he was an Army veteran and sniper.READ MORE: Supreme Court May Soon Loosen Gun Laws As Nation Reels From Massacres
“I can’t wait for the shooting to start,” he allegedly wrote, later asking, “where’s your f—ing office?”
Harris also allegedly told Wen he was never going to take “your wonder drug,” adding “My 12 gauge promises I won’t.”READ MORE: Howard County Woman Opens Up About Her Experience As An Immigrant
The message also allegedly references Wen’s background as a Chinese immigrant and uses other offensive, threatening language.
Harris is charged with one count of threats transmitted by interstate communication. If convicted, Harris would face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.MORE NEWS: Baltimore City Public Schools Honors 12 Students Killed During 2021-22 School Year
The indictment was originally returned on Sept. 29 and unsealed Tuesday after Harris was arrested. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in U.S. District Court in Plano, Texas.