Cops: Woman threatened to shoot Walmart co-workers
AMSTERDAM A Schenectady woman faces menacing and harassment charges after allegedly threatening to shoot two fellow Walmart employees.
Cassandra A. Downs was an associate at the Walmart store on Route 30 in the town of Amsterdam, according to Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeff Smith.
“She had problems with a few of her co-workers and made some comments that were unacceptable,” he said.
Smith could not comment on what exactly prompted Downs’ verbal threats, but following her arrest it appears she may have had long-standing conflicts with the threatened co-workers.
Downs was arrested without incident Sunday afternoon. After taking her into custody, deputies found a target with bullet holes in her trunk.
Smith said she also admitted to drafting what the department termed a “hit list” of three people she intended to shoot, the two she threatened and one more.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. officials refused comment on most aspects of the case.
Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for the corporation, did say Downs had only worked at the Amsterdam Walmart for 18 months, mostly in the deli area.
“We’re cooperating fully with law enforcement,” she said. “We take any threats to our employees very seriously.”
She could not comment Monday on Downs’ current employment status.
Downs was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation, and misdemeanor menacing.