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Man arrested for threatening to shoot his 11-year-old Fortnite rival: Police

Posted: 8:26 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-19 00:26:02Z
Man arrested for threatening to shoot his 11-year-old Fortnite rival: Police

SUFFOLK CO., N.Y. — A 45-year-old New York man has been arrested for threatening to shoot an 11-year-old boy over Fortnite, according to police.

Huntington resident Michael Aliperti allegedly made the threats by text and voice messages through Xbox after the boy beat him, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a press release.

Aliperti told the child that he would shoot him, "possibly at his school," in messages sent Monday around 9 p.m., the release states.

Aliperti was arrested at his Long Island home Tuesday around 1:40 a.m. and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

It is unclear if Aliperti retained an attorney or has children himself.

Additional details on the case were not immediately available.

Fortnite has become a cultural phenomenon among gamers since it was released last year.

A representative for Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.