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Sheriff's Alert: Wal-Mart Shooting Rumors Appear To Be A Hoax

The following is a community alert form the Santa Clarita
Valley Sheriff's Station.

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An e-mail and text message circulating throughout the Santa
Clarita Valley today warning of an impending attack on women and children at a
local retail store appears to be the same hoax that has been circulating for
years - 

The e-mail, which has been copied into text and other social
messaging formats, stated that a gang initiation will occur this evening at a
local Wal-Mart Store in Santa Clarita.  This message appears to be
the same hoax e-mail that has been circulating throughout the nation since
2005.  The same e-mail, basic wording and format, has circulated in Florida,
Georgia, Texas,
and many other states.  It frequently and randomly resurfaces in various cities
and states.  

There has been no reported attacks on women or
children linked to this e-mail at our local Wal-Mart Stores.  Santa
Clarita Valley Sheriff's Detectives assigned to the COBRA team investigated
today's e-mail and have not developed any intelligence indicating such an
attack will occur.  Santa Clarita Sheriff's officials will
follow the same investigative procedures for any e-mails of this type that
carry a threatening tone and are intended to spark undue fear in our community.             

Despite the fact this particular e-mail appears to be
the same hoax, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will increase
patrol checks of our area stores throughout the evening.  Any suspicious
activity or persons should be immediately reported to the Santa Clarita Valley
Sheriff's Station. 

Wal-Mart also says they are stepping up security to
guarantee the safety of all shoppers and released the following statement
publicly:  "The safety and security of our customers and
associates is our top priority.  We are aware of the message
being circulated and are working with local authorities to enhance our security
efforts in our stores.  While we take these types of situations
seriously, we regard this as being only a rumor, much like similar
rumors that have circulated via e-mail in previous years."