“It makes me pretty scared to come here to Walmart and shop.
Walmart shopper, Mike Cane said, after seeing a post on twitter threatening to shoot the Walmart he frequents, he’s looking for new ways to shop.
“It makes me want to order my stuff online and come and pick it up, that way I’m here as little as possible” said Cane.
Friday morning, a man posted on social media, detailing his plan to go to the Walmart on Highland Road and kill people.
“He made threats of maybe committing some type of mass shooting or suicide by cop.”
Quickly responding to the threats, local law enforcement and the FBI was able to track him down.
“He had his picture next to his tweets that he was tweeting out so we had his photo. We were able to find out who he was, find out where he could possibly be at that time and not only reach out to him, but his family.
BRPD spokesperson L’jean Mckneely confirmed, the man who posted the threats is currently out of the country. He said, near or far, BRPD will take all threats serious.
“Don’t do it. If anyone out there who may know of someone who may be thinking about that, who may have certain intentions please let us know so we can put them on a list to where we can watch” said McKneely.
On the heels of what happened at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Shoppers said, they are thankful for law enforcement’s swift action but are concerned about what could happen.
“It makes me feel a little better but, in the future, what if someone doesn’t tweet it out. What if they just have these ideas and act on it?”
“This morning the FBI became aware of potential threats that were transmitted via social media regarding a Walmart store located on Highland Road in Baton Rouge. First responders and law enforcement worked closely to secure area stores, identify the person making the threats and locate the individual’s whereabouts. After a thorough investigation, the FBI, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations have no information to indicate a specific threat to the community. At this time, we cannot comment on the details surrounding today’s threat, nor any charges which may be forthcoming. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”
Public Affairs Officer
FBI New Orleans