NEW ORLEANS – A Walmart store in Gentilly was evacuated and SWAT teams were called when a suspect walked into a store with a handgun early Saturday morning.
The incident occurred around 6 a.m. in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur.
According to police spokesman Garry Flot, when the armed gunman walked into the store, customers and employees inside began running out of the store. When police arrived they assisted several people who had not yet left the store. SWAT arrived at the scene and searched the store and were unable to locate the suspect.
No one was injured in the incident, no shots were fired and no hostages were taken. Earlier this year the same Walmart was robbed of approximately $120,000.
The store and the streets in the area were shut down during the operation. There was no immediate word on when the store might reopen.