March 20, 2009
The Columbus Police Department have issued a statement claiming an e-mail message circulating throughout the city is a hoax.
The e-mail reads, "Police are asking all women not to go to Walmart tonight there is a gang initiation and three women will be shot this is not a joke."
In their statement the CPD say the message was not issued by a law enforcement agency, but officers are on the lookout for any suspicious activity at the Columbus Walmart located on Highway 45 North.
The message originated in Killeen, Texas. It began circulating around Columbus at about 7 p.m. last Wednesday night.