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Walmart evacuated following unsubstantiated rifle threat; no injuries

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The Walmart at BayTowne Plaza experienced a sudden evacuation Monday afternoon, following a report of a man seen with a rifle inside the store.


Despite a thorough investigation by deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and an extensive store search, no individual with a rifle was located, and no injuries were reported.

The police are currently seeking the witness who reported the alleged threat.

The report caused significant concern in the local community, with neighboring stores, including Wegmans on Bay Road, being ordered to shelter in place.