Walmart in Galvez on lockdown for an hour after threat made
GALVEZ – The Neighborhood Walmart in Galvez was on lockdown for an hour after a customer made a threat to shoot the store.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the Neighborhood Walmart on Highway 42 around 11 a.m. when a man with his friend were in the check out line.
In a conversation with his friend, the man said, "I should go out to the car and get a gun and come back and shoot the store up." A Walmart employee heard the threat and reported it.
APSO was contacted, however the two men left the store before deputies arrived.
The store was on lockdown for an hour per company policy and then reopened.
"While we take these threats serious, nevertheless, it was a onetime utterance," said Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley. "Therefore the sheriff's office and Wal-Mart management agreed that it was safe to reopen the store very quickly."