No tolerance for gun violence rumors

Published 7:06 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019

This week, claims about an arrest related to gun violence threats in Vicksburg, Natchez and other Walmarts around the state rapidly spread on social media.

Vicksburg and Natchez police departments quickly called the information false. Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said while the social media post was a rumor, he would have patrols at the store this weekend to ensure Walmart customers, employees and residents are safe.

We commend Chief Moore for his handling of the matter, especially for a busy weekend. Recent attacks this month at an El Paso, Texas Walmart and last month at a relatively nearby Southaven store mean we have to take such claims, however false they might seem, very seriously.

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VPD is working to find out where the claims originated, and who is responsible for spreading such rumors.

As they vigilantly work to identify and hold those who created this situation on social media accountable, they need our appreciation and encouragement. We as a community cannot condone the behavior of people who spread rumors such as these. The lives of our residents and our children are too important to let something that could be or could have been a major tragedy go without consequences.

Those in the community who have information about where the claims originated are encouraged and urged to come forward by calling 911 or the police department directly at 601-636-2511.

The goal of our local police force is to keep residents safe. That is to the benefit of us all. Let’s all commit to helping these officers do that by making a firm decision not to tolerate rumors such as the one that surfaced this week or those who create and distribute them.