CORNWALL – Shoppers poured out of the Walmart Supercenter Saturday afternoon after a bomb threat.
One witness told Cornwall Newswatch, Cornwall police officers walked into the Ninth Street store just before 2 p.m. and a few seconds later everyone was being told to evacuate.
Cornwall Police Sgt. Derek Duchesne told Cornwall Newswatch a suspect inside the store had “made a comment,” which prompted staff to call police.
Sgt. Duchesne said officers and Walmart searched the entire building but no suspicious items were found.
The suspect had left the store and they are still trying to locate the person as part of an ongoing investigation, he said.
The Cornwall fire department was also on scene shortly after the police call at 1:40 p.m. to seal off the entrances, while allowing shoppers to exit.
The Walmart associates gathered in the northeast section of the parking lot while a number of marked and unmarked police cars were lined up outside the store entrances.
The store was cleared by police about an hour later and customers were allowed back in the building around 3:05 p.m.