Gang Violence Text Message Is A Hoax

A text message making its way around the community warns of gang initiation killings scheduled to happen Wednesday at unnamed Walmart stores. However, 11 News has learned it's a hoax with a long history.

The text message reads something similar to this: "Don't go to Walmart tonight some sort of gang initiation, they are supposed to kill 3 girls. Might be fake but better safe than sorry."

Police tell 11 News they are aware of the text message, but aren't commenting on it.

Text message hoaxes similar to this one began back in 2005 in Memphis, GA, and have since circled the country, hitting cities seemingly randomly. We have been unable to find any reports that these occurrences were ever followed by actual violence linked to the warning.

11 News has received numerous calls inquiring about this text message, and we just want the community to know, it's just a hoax.

You'll recall last April (2008), Fountain Police had to deal with a number of reports about a text message that talked about MS-13 gang initiations involving car bumping. That also was a hoax, but created a similar reaction within the community.


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