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Wal-Mart gang killings a 'rumor'

March 20, 2009|Tony Perry

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department took the unusual step Thursday afternoon of issuing a statement to try to stamp out a rumor that gang-initiation killings were planned at local Wal-Marts.

"These rumors, which have become widespread in San Diego County, are false," department officials announced after they received dozens of panicky calls from would-be shoppers.

The rumor, apparently fed by the Internet, has surfaced in numerous communities across the country in recent days.

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-- Tony Perry

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