Why are there so many shooting incidents and other gun crimes on Walmart property?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Walmart is criticized by large stockholder and church for sales of high-capacity guns and explicit music

A church, Trinity Church Wall Street, situated on Wall Street in New York City, who is a major stockholder in Walmart, has demanded that the company reconsider it's sale of high-capacity firearms, as well as sexually-charged and violent music.  When Walmart refused to share a statement on this matter with other stock holders, against it's stockholder policy, the church sued them, hoping to bring a vote on the matter before other stock holders.

They claim that sales of high-capacity weapons hurts the company image and is against "family values" given that they are used as intended.... to kill large numbers of people quickly and efficiently.

From an article:
Trinity Church Wall Street contends Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, is refusing to allow distribution of proxy material at its June 6 annual meeting on the music-and-weapons issue even though Trinity is a legitimate investor, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
The church is asking Wal-Mart in its proposed proxy statement to reconsider sales of items that may be dangerous to the public, may hurt the company’s reputation or offend family values -- including weapons with clips holding more than 10 rounds that are “well suited to mass killing,” and music “that depicts violence or sex,” according to court papers.
Those high-capacity magazines reduce opportunities for victims in a mass shooting to flee or overwhelm a shooter while reloading, according to the church’s proposal cited in the complaint. Magazines holding 10 or more rounds have “enabled” mass killings including those in Newtown, Connecticut, and Columbine, Colorado, according to the proposal.....
“To be clear, this is not an anti-gun proposal,” Trinity Rector James Herbert Cooper said today in a letter to parishioners. “We are simply asking that shareholders be allowed to consider whether the board has an obligation” to maintain reasonable societal standards.  ....
Trinity owns at least $2,000 worth of Wal-Mart shares, according to court papers.
The church asked the court to rule against Wal-Mart’s refusal to allow the church’s proposal and to award legal fees and expenses.
Walmart hasn't yet released a statementIf 81 shootings and 75 armed robberies with guns and a wide variety of other gun crimes on their property in 2013 weren't enough to convince Walmart to stop hawking lethal weapons, with 24 dead and 40 injured, then perhaps having stockholders complaining may actually get the company to listen.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Gunman robs victim at ATM at Mississippi Walmart

Occurred March 20, 2014.

A person was robbed by a gunman at an ATM on Walmart property in Meridian, Missisippi.

A suspect was captured.

From an article:
A person was trying to withdraw money from an ATM near the gas station at Wal-Mart on Highway 19 around 9 p.m. when a black male walked up with a gun in his hand. 
The victim then drove away and called police and gave a description of the suspect. Shortly thereafter, police took a suspect into custody.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

12-year old younger brother of Walmart shoplifter threatens employee with realistic-looking pellet gun

Occurred on March 12, 2014.

A 19-year old man, Quaze Lanehart, was caught shoplifting electronic goods from a Walmart in Rochester Hills, Michigan. When confronted by store security, the man threatened them with scissors.  When they followed him out to the parking lot, Lanehart's 12-year old brother threatened the employees with a handgun.  

The pair were arrested.  The gun turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft pellet gun.

From an article and news video:
Lanehart first was spotted in the Walmart's electronics department. He allegedly was loading up his cart with pricey TVs and notebooks. Instead of paying, he just pushed the cart outside.
"He went past all of the points to pay and was on his way out," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. 
Store security spotted him and brought him back inside for questioning. Police say that's when things got out of hand.
"He grabbed a pair of scissors and threatened to kill the store employees that were trying to detain him," said Bouchard.
Security followed Lanehart outside. Then, Walmart employees witnessed a real shocker. Lanehart's 12-year-old brother stepped out of a car pointing his airsoft gun at employees. The weapon looked like the real deal.
The boy allegedly told security to step back or they would be shot.
"Obviously that child is in a path with a very, very bad ending because of his relatives or whoever he is hanging around with. So hopefully this will be some intervention for the 12-year-old to get him on a different path," said Bouchard. "The 19-year-old has got a lot of serious charges."
Lanehart will be in court on Thursday facing felonious assault and theft charges. The 12-year-old boy was handed over to his parents. He likely will face some charges in juvenile court.
Lanehart was wanted on a domestic violence charge.

Pellet guns aren't toys, and are used often to intimidate, injure, rob, or even kill.

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Woman threatens Walmart employee with gun and pistol whips her

Occurred November, 2013.

Santeri S. Hill, 23, was caught stealing at a Walmart in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She then came back to the store, threatened an employee with a gun, then beat her in the head with the pistol.

She has now been given a 2-year sentence for the crime.

From an article:
Santeri S. Hill, 23, of the 3700 block of Trace Way, pleaded guilty in February to battery resulting in injury. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, an additional charge of armed robbery was dismissed, according to court documents.

On Friday, Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck sentenced Hill to a total of six years on the charge but ordered four years suspended and two years to be served on probation.

In late November, Hill was caught stealing by an employee at a Wal-Mart. She left the store and returned with a gun.

After she came back inside, she threatened to shoot the employee and struck her on the head multiple times with the handgun, according to court documents.
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Texas Walmart robbed at gunpoint

Occurred March 14, 2014.

A man with a handgun robbed a Walmart bank, in Seagoville, Texas. 

From an article:

Police are searching for a male subject suspected of armed robbery Friday at the Woodforest National Bank inside the Seagoville Walmart on U.S. Hwy. 175.
Details are still sparse, but Christine Dykes, support services manager of the Seagoville Police Department, said the single male of unknown race displayed a handgun in the process of robbing the bank just before 1:30 p.m. He was described as wearing a hooded jacket.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shoplifter with gun threatens, then robs, Walmart employee in New Mexico

Occurred February 4, 2014.

A man shoplifted electronics from a Walmart store in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  When a loss-prevention employee tried to stop him, the suspect pulled out a gun, threatened the employee, then stole the employee's cell phone before fleeing.

From an article:
Police learned that a man suspected of walking out of the store without paying for electronic items was approached in the parking lot by a Walmart loss prevention officer. As the employee was on the phone with a 911 operator, the suspect pulled out a gun and threatened the loss prevention officer.
The suspect stole the employee’s cell phone and then fled the parking lot in a white minivan.
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Colorado woman shot at by boyfriend behind Walmart Neighborhood Market

Occurred March 4, 2014.

Robert Marquez, 34, and his girlfriend got into an argument, behind a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He threatened to kill her with a gun, and when she ran from him, he fired at her.

He has now been arrested and charged with several related crimes.  Marquez has a prior arrest record.

From an article:
It was Tuesday afternoon at about 3 when police were called to a report of shots fired at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 600 block of North Murray Boulevard. That’s near the intersection of Platte Avenue and Murray Boulevard.
A woman victim told police Marquez, her boyfriend, became upset at her and assaulted her in the car. She said she jumped out of the moving car behind the store to get away from him.
She also said that as she was running she heard what she thought may have been a gunshot. Police said the woman claimed Marquez had threatened her with a gun before she got out of the car.

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