Walmart bomb threat still under investigation

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Troy University student Mikayla West was nearly done grocery shopping at Walmart Sunday night when store management called a “code blue” on the intercom, telling shoppers and employees to evacuate immediately.

“We were almost done grocery shopping and had a cart full of stuff and I was looking at sunscreen and all of the sudden they said over the intercom ‘Code blue. All customers and employees exit the building immediately,’ and we just dropped everything and went outside,” West said. “It was pretty nerve-racking not knowing exactly what was going on, but we figured it out fairly quickly. You could tell they were taking the situation very seriously, so I thought it was either an active shooter or some type of threat. We were in the middle of the parking lot and about 30-minutes into it the cops wanted us to back up into the gas station parking lot.”

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr confirmed that it was indeed a bomb threat made to the store at approximately 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

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“A K-9 trained in explosive detection was brought in to assist in clearing the business inside and out,” Barr said. “Nothing was located.”

Finally, at approximately 11 p.m., Troy police gave an “all-clear” signal and the store was reopened for business.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500.