Evacuation ends after gun scare at New Orleans Wal-Mart

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Posted: Aug 15, 2015 2:08 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Wal-Mart store in New Orleans has re-opened after an apparent armed robbery attempt led to its evacuation.

New Orleans police say a gunman entered the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Gentilly neighborhood around its opening time of 6 a.m. Saturday. Police arrived and made sure all employees were out. Spokesman Gary Flot said in an emailed statement that a SWAT team searched the store but the suspect was not found.

No shots were fired, and nobody was injured.

Betsy Harden, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Corp., said employees were back in the store by late Saturday morning and the store was open again at midday.

The 118,000 square-foot store opened a year ago in a once-blighted area that was badly flooded when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.