Friday, March 21, 2008

Gang Initiation Rumor: Mall Shooting, Virginia

The Virginian Pilot [VA]
21 March 2008

Chesapeake police dispute widespread mall rumor

By Kristin Davis
The Virginian-Pilot

Police say that a rumor circulating about gang violence at Greenbrier Mall is just that - a rumor.

E-mails saying that people would be shot at the mall as part of a gang initiation began circulating earlier this month. One said that two black females would be targeted; a second one claimed that a mother and child would be targeted. Detectives who monitor gang activity so far have said there is no reliable information to support the threats, Chesapeake Police Spokeswoman Christi Golden said in an e-mail. [...]