FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Fort Myers Police Department has released more information on the bomb threat that caused evacuations at The Forum earlier this month.
Police said an employee at the Target contacted them after receiving a text message from an unknown number that read, "If you at work I suggest you leave because we will be bombing the Sky-zone and the Target due to someone slapping my son with s*** in their hand."
That message was sent at 7:07 p.m. A few minutes later, the sender revised the text to say "trollin dont call da police plsss".
Employees and customers at Target, SkyZone and other businesses nearby were evacuated while police searched the grounds.
Nothing suspicious was found and normal operations were able to resume the next day.
SkyZone, a business within the plaza, sent the following statement to Fox 4:
“On September 12, 2023, there was a bomb threat at The Forum shopping center in Fort Myers, Florida, which houses many retailers including Sky Zone. The entire shopping center was safely evacuated so police could search the premises with bomb detectors. No bomb was found anywhere on the grounds . As of the morning of September 13, all retailers received the ‘green light’ from the police and have resumed business as usual.”