OPD: Threatening Text Message Not Credible

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Have you received a text message about a gang shooting?

It's spreading all over town.

But don't worry about it, Odessa police tells NewsWest 9 it's just not credible, and it looks like a big hoax.

They've received an influx of calls on Thursday, about an anonymous text warning women to avoid Wal-Mart.

The text claims a gang is targeting women at the store as part of an initiation, but police say that same text is popping up all across the country.

The Odessa Police Department encourages anyone who observes any suspicious people or activity to immediately call the police at (432) 333-3641.