Text warning of Walmart shooting just a rumor

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A phony text message and e-mail making rounds in Region 8 has residents frightened, but it is nothing more than chain email.

The e-mail reads that a possible gang initiation will be taking place at Walmart and that three women and three children will be shot. Please send this to all women.

Walmart's corporate office in Bentonville, AR says the message is phony, and is apparently similar to previous mass-messaging campaigns.

After contacting Wal-Mart about the message, the company released the following statement: "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 at our stores in the area. 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."