MISSISSAUGA — The spray painted slurs said “Kill all Republicans?”
Was this a message to President Donald Trump’s historic opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem or just some disrespectful teens wreaking havoc for kicks?
No possiblities are being dismissed.
It wasn’t just the threatening and disturbing graffiti that shook up this normally quiet suburban neighourhood not known for high crime rates.
It was the timing of it. It was also the message of it, the size of it and the victim of it.
“We sure were surprised when we came to work early in the morning and it was right on the front of the store,” said an employee of the Wal-Mart store in the South Common Mall at the corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road.
The massage spray painted in giant letters said “To end the war, for peace and victory . . . Log is kill all Republicans.”
It also had other symbols spray painted, hashtags and messages on dates that appeared to be in code.
“We apologize for the spray paint on the outside of our store,” wrote Wal-Mart manager Joe Lupusella on a note pasted to the front door. “Unfortunately the store was the victim of vandals. We have notified police.”
Peel Police were all over this and sources say are prepared, if deemed necessary, to share information with federal agencies who would pass along any concerns as a courtesy to American diplomatic authorities.
The message seemed to be American driven and it does not get any more American than Wal-Mart.
“With it being just the morning after the United States Embassy opening in Jerusalem, where there was violence and carnage, it only makes sense to run down every lead,” said a source.
“It’s early yet but it’s not being treated lightly.”
Graffiti and gang messaging experts were also being sourced to help police determine what this was could have been about?
Police were not commenting further later in the day Tuesday. Meanwhile manager Lupusella put trees from the garden section to cover up the messages and immediately contracted a painting team to come in and paint over the offensive message — which happened in the afternoon.
Wal-Mart staff were confident some fast leads could come in.
“The camera is right above where they did this,” said one.
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