Yuma police investigating a social media post that warned a shooting could happen at a Walmart in Yuma or the Yuma Palms Mall have found no credible source regarding any possible threat.
Sgt. Lori Franklin explained that YPD began receiving information Tuesday regarding a post on a Facebook page called “Los Algodones Baja California Mexico.”
The post shows an illustration of a figure dressed in military gear with a rifle claiming the two locations were at high risk for a possible attack on Hispanics.
“We had several people send us the post on Instagram,” Franklin said. “The post doesn’t say something is going to happen. It states it could happen.”
Franklin said that YPD has been in contact with multiple other law enforcement agencies in an effort to substantiate the claim and found nothing verifiable.
She explained that the person who wrote the post is giving their opinion that Yuma may be at risk.
And while there is no reference of it in the post, the author may have created the post after El Centro police arrested a man on Monday who allegedly told customers at the Imperial Valley Mall that he was going to “shoot up” the place.
The “Los Algodones Baja California Mexico” page is a community page for information regarding the Los Algodones area. Franklin added that the page is private, and not public, so only the person who has the page can create posts.
The Yuma Police Department is continuing to verify any information coming in.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this post to please call them at 928-373-4700, or 78-Crime at 928-782-7463 to remain anonymous.