VIRGINIA BEACH — Images and messages have been appearing on social media sites warning people of an impending mass shooting at a Walmart here.
Police said it’s fake.
“We have heard of this post that is being reported nationwide. There is no validity to the information being related to Virginia Beach,” said MPO Tonya Pierce, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Police Department.
Text in the photos reads:
“Stay out of Walmart this weekend. Just got a text from a friend that an officer (his friend) said they arrested a man in Virginia Beach on suspected mass shooting and the suspect told them he was part of a group that would be shooting up Walmarts this weekend.”
It’s been nearly two weeks since a man walked into an El Paso, Texas Walmart and shot 22 people to death.
In the time since, law enforcement agencies from states including Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina have addressed social media warning residents to stay out of Walmart in their localities and said they aren’t real.