Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Goose Creek Walmart employees and customers were back to going about their usual business late Friday morning after a suspicious package caused an evacuation at about 7:30 a.m. last week.
Goose Creek Police Department officers responded to 605 St. James Avenue at that time along with the Charleston County Bomb Squad, according to a statement released by GCPD.
Officers were alerted to a ticking sound coming from a suspicious package in a box inside a shopping cart near the grocery entrance, according to police.
Walmart management ordered the evacuation of employees and customers.
The parking lot was cordoned off until it was safe to re-enter the building. Fire and medical services from the City of Goose Creek Fire Department were notified and were on standby at the scene.
Several Walmart employees said they were unable to comment on the situation.
A manager at the McDonald's inside Walmart said he came in to work at 8 a.m. and the parking lot was blocked off. He said by 9:30 a.m. the store opened again.
“I was worried about my employees,” he said. “The package was somewhere in front of the gate and the door. I heard it wasn't the first time it happened. I wasn't too worried. I called my supervisor and let him know what happened.
“Everybody was calm and didn't really worry. We didn't know if it was an actual bomb or just something ticking.”