Threats made to Walmart, Georgetown Elementary School

GEORGETOWN – Schools in the immediate Georgetown area were on low-level lockdown Wednesday afternoon after threats were made toward Walmart and Georgetown Elementary School.

Town of Georgetown police assisted by numerous other agencies responded to the threats, which authorities believe were made by the same suspect to purposely cause a mass law enforcement response to each site, Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin said.

Walmart, located off U.S. 113, received the first call at 1:43 p.m. The unknown caller reported having a hostage inside the building and a bomb that they threatened to detonate.

Georgetown police, with assistance from Delaware Capitol Police, Delaware State Police and the Delaware Natural Resources Police investigated the threat. Delaware Natural Resources Police K9 conducted an exterior sweep of Walmart.

At approximately 1:59 p.m., a call was made to Georgetown Elementary School with a similar threat.

Georgetown’s School Resource Officer, with assistance from Delaware Capitol Police, Lewes Police Department and Rehoboth Beach Police, immediately checked and secured the campus, which includes Georgetown Elementary School, Georgetown Middle School and Georgetown Kindergarten Center.

Delaware Capitol Police K9 unit conducted a sweep of the school campus.

Nothing of suspicious nature was found at either location.

As a precaution, Georgetown police were present at North Georgetown Elementary School and Howard T. Ennis School during this investigation.

The threat caused a slight delay in school dismissal, Indian River School District spokesman David Maull said.

Investigation is ongoing, said Det. Melvin.

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