Unsubstantiated Threat

August 16, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announce an unsubstantiated threat involving Wal-mart stores that has been circulating on Facebook accounts across the Country. This threat is baseless and there is no reason for public alarm.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, a resident of Middle Township received a message on Facebook from an unknown individual which mentioned a possible shooting may occur at Wal-mart over the weekend. There were no additional details in this message nor did the message mention a specific Wal-mart store or area.

Detectives from the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office immediately initiated an investigation which revealed the same message had been sent to Facebook accounts in Texas and Washington State.

Prosecutor Sutherland wanted to reiterate there is no known threat to the Wal-mart Store in Rio Grande and that the message circulating on Facebook and has no factual basis and there is no reason for alarm.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any suspicious activity to your local police department. Information can also be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.