Police: Text Message Rumor Spreading About Gang Violence

Police say a text rumor is spreading across the southeast about gang violence, and so far it's just that--a rumor.

Jacksonville police say they've received number inquiries about a gang initiation. The text message says it will take place at a nationwide discount retailer, and mentions a shooting or other violent acts.

Police say they have received no credible information to any threat.

Police remind everyone they should always be aware of their surroundings and be on the lookout for anything unusual.


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  • by Doop Location: Verona on May 21, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    Alpha female. Are you serious TM? :-)
  • by Mariea Location: Grimesland on Mar 21, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Everyone knows its the K-Mart Mafia...lol
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    All you gullible people.. please leave your cell numbers because there is a true text surfacing saying.."Give ALPHA female all your cash ...idiots" ..Do it.. just to be on the safe side, especially if you see some "ghetto cars", that's a real sign to give up your money! ...I'll meet you at Walmart tonight!!!
  • by Hmm Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    I understand this stuff has circulated for years and know of 2 other simiilar texts that went out this year. One on Halloween for Greenville. Hoax, legend or whatever, we are swamped with gang activity. It's everywhere in Eastern NC. I think people just assume, it's not, or it won't happen to them. There is some crazy, CRAZY gang stuff going on all around us. Most of which we do not hear about. Hoax or not, people need to be careful! Always be aware of surroundings and don't go too far alone. There are CRAZY folks out there at more than just Walmart!
  • by kinston Location: nc on Mar 20, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    To Jennifer-so funny. I agree. Maybe it was the nice people at Target! LOL Always rather safe than sorry though.
  • by me Location: jacksonville on Mar 20, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    washington as in DC or state?
  • by to tad Location: haha, actually, no on Mar 20, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    profiling, yeah right! which gang did they say was doing the initiating? latino, black, skinheads? did they specify? if so, lets just raid the appropriate communities and personally account for each individual to make sure no criminal activity is performed. profiling is a slippery slope. and theres too many innocent people to have to weed out. but of course, in time, after the violation of many rights, you might find your criminal. you should totally be a cop. you know all the answers.
  • by mother knows best on Mar 20, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    everyone in lil wash knows theres gangs down seventh street. it doesnt matter how big the city or the gang, one menacing thug is too many! and you never know what ones going to do to get their jollies so always be on the lookout! one poster said something good and i would agree by saying gangs are terrorists and terrorists are gangsters, using the fear of death to extort respect (which is impossible).
  • by me Location: jacksonville on Mar 20, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    well i guess im not going to walmart this weekend...yeah i think its a hoax but you can never be to cautious
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Mar 20, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    I agree with farmers daughter
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