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BPD says social media posts alleging active shooter threats at Walmart are fake

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 18:59:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department is informing the community that circulating social media posts alleging an active shooter threat for WalMart stores are not true.

On its Facebook page, BPD detailed the social media posts alleging that "the 'Bakersfield Law Enforcement' arrested a man for 'gun threats' and that the man told officers he was part of a group planning mass shootings at WalMart stores this weekend." Officials said that the incident being described in the posts did not occur.

In addition, the Bakersfield Police Department said that it is not conducting any investigations related to the people threatening violence at WalMart or any other locations at this time.

Bakersfield police also reminded the community that they take threats of violence very seriously and the safety of the public is their primary concern.