Claim: Gang initiates in Macon, Georgia, must shoot a white female at the Macon Mall.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
My aunt, who lives in Dry Branch goes to church with a lady whose son works for the Macon Police Dept. She called her this morning and said that her son called her and told her that they are really trying to crack down on the Gang violence in Macon. Through their investigations they have found out that one of the gangs will be having initiation this week and the initiation is to shoot a white female at the Macon Mall. The officer said “Do not go to the mall this week, that he recommends not going at all, but especially not this week.”
Origins: This alert began appearing in inboxes in
Supposedly the rumor was started by a Macon, Georgia, police officer warning his mother about the gang initiation plot for that weekend, with that woman then telling a fellow churchgoer, who in turn told someone else, who then sent out the
Yet there appears to be nothing to the warning: The Macon Police Department has tried to trace this rumor but has been unable to locate its origin, and though the department received a number of phone calls and
Lt. Eric Walker of the Macon Police Department said: “At the cost of numerous manpower hours, no one can be located to bring forth any information other than it was just an
Barbara “macon a big fuss over nothing” Mikkelson
Last updated: 14 July 2011
Corbett, Kari. “Police Debunk Mall E-mail Threat.” WMAZ-TV [Macon, GA]. 17 September 2008. Joyner, Ashley. “No Substantiation of E-mail That Threatens Shooting, Police Say.” The [Macon] Telegraph. 17 September 2008.