No arrests made

The Georgetown Police Department, with the assistance of numerous local law enforcement agencies, responded to threats made toward Walmart and Georgetown Elementary School on Wednesday.

 On May 9, at around 1:45 p.m., an unknown suspect called the Georgetown Walmart and reported having a hostage inside the building. The caller also stated that they were in possession of a bomb, which they threatened to detonate. The Georgetown Police Department, with the assistance of Delaware Capitol Police, Delaware State Police and Delaware Natural Resources Police responded to Walmart to secure the scene and investigate the threat. Delaware Natural Resources Police K9 Unit conducted an exterior sweep of the store.

About 15 minutes later, a call was made to Georgetown Elementary School in which a similar threat was made. 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 also conducted a sweep of the school campus.

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

Preliminary investigation by Georgetown Detectives indicates that both threats made by the suspect were an attempt to purposely cause a mass law enforcement response to each site. The investigation is ongoing.