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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Officer fires gun at Oregon Walmart

Occurred August 16, 2014.

After two officers interacted with a suspect in a vehicle at an Albany, Oregon, Walmart store, one of the officer's opened fire.  No one was injured, however.

From an article:
An Albany Police officer fired her weapon Saturday while police were approaching a car in a Walmart parking lot.
No one was hurt during the incident, police officials said.
According to a press release from Albany Police Captain Eric Carter, it was around 11:50 a.m. when "two Albany Police Officers contacted the occupant of a vehicle in the parking lot of (a) Walmart store."
Officer Felicia Sloan, who has been with Albany Police for 8 months, fired her duty weapon during the incident.
Officer Sloan is going on paid administrative leave while the Linn Co. Sheriff's Office and the county District Attorney are investigating the shooting.
The reason for the officer opening fire has not yet been released.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

15-year old shoplifter threatens California Walmart security with gun

Occurred August 15, 2014.

A 15-year old boy was caught shoplifting by a Walmart security employee, in Sacramento, California.  When confronted, the boy pulled out a handgun and threatened the employee, then fled.  He was later captured by law enforcement.

Luckily, no one was harmed.

From an article:
Deputies have arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of pointing a gun at a Walmart security officer Friday morning.
Lisa Bowman with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says that the boy was confronted by the security officer of the Florin Road Walmart. The boy had allegedly stolen some items from the store.
During the confrontation, the boy allegedly pulled out a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the guard.
The boy then ran from the area and was able to board an RT bus. The boy got off near 47th Avenue and Sampson Boulevard and was soon spotted by deputies. He ran again, but was soon caught by deputies along the 6300 block of Sampson Boulevard.
Robbery detectives will be interviewing the boy before he is booked into juvenile hall.
The article doesn't say how the boy got the gun.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Officer shoots attacking pit bull in Texas Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 11, 2014.
Screenshot of video of officer shooting attacking dog (source)

A police officer confronted beggars in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Seguin, Texas.  One of the beggars unleashed a pit bull, and the pit bull attacked the officer.  The officer fired one shot in defense through the dog's neck, injuring it.  The dog will survive.

From an article where the is also a video of the shooting:
Seguin police said when three loiterers begging for money would not leave a Walmart in Seguin, customers complained and that's when police say they approached 39 year old Mykkill Payne. They say Payne had a pitbull tied to a backpack.
"He untied the dog and dropped the leash and the dog I guess protecting his owner turned on the officer," added Payne.
The officer says he tried to back up but felt so threatened that he fired a single shot. The dog was shot in head and amazingly survived. By Tuesday morning, the dog was already walking and active.
That's because police say the pit-mixed was rushed to a vet in New Braunfels who saved his life.
"The bullet went in there and came out underneath here," described Springer. "The dog survived."
Meantime Payne was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.
As for the fate of the dog?
"I think the owner is going to retrieve the dog."

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Robbers hide in Massachusetts Walmart still wielding gun

Occurred June 28, 2014.

Three robbery suspects who had robbed a local Radio Shack of iPhones, still armed with their handgun, were on the run and ducked into a Walmart store in Lynn.  They were attempting to change clothes when they are arrested.

From an article:
Authorities said the two men and one woman robbed a State Street Radio Shack with weapons and masks before fleeing the scene with about $10,000 worth of merchandise, including an ill-fated iPhone.
That device’s GPS was reportedly used to track the suspects to the Lynnway Walmart, where investigators identified them with surveillance footage. 
A handgun was reportedly recovered from one of the suspects. Officials have not yet released the names of those arrested, citing an ongoing investigation.
The three suspects, two from Lynn and another from Boston, face armed robbery charges.
The Wal-Mart was reportedly briefly evacuated during the incident.
More details, according to another article:
Police chased the vehicle from the Lynnway to the Point of Pines exit in Revere but lost the suspect vehicle, Sheehan reported. One of the store employees, however, allegedly told police he/she had a GPS tracker on his/her phone, which police said they used to track the suspects as the car doubled back down the Lynnway to Walmart.
Police found the vehicle, which they learned Casimir had rented, and watched surveillance footage of the suspects coming into the store, grabbing clothes and running to the bathrooms, Sheehan said.
Police evacuated the Walmart and arrested the suspects. Officers searching the men’s bathroom also found a black revolver and discarded clothes that matched the clothes the suspects were wearing when seen on video entering the store, Sheehan said. Police recovered a box of unopened Apple products and the store employees’ cellphones (which had missed calls from Lynn Police Headquarters as officers had called the phones during the chase) in the car, Sheehan said.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint in parking lot of Mississippi Walmart

Occurred June 26, 2014.

A couple were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Sterling Raheem Jules, 22, was arrested for the hold-up, along with a female accomplice, Latoya Jaqueline Batista, 30.

Luckily, no one was injured.

From an article:
A couple told police they were in the parking lot at about 11:31 p.m. when they were approached by an armed black male, who proceeded to rob the man of his wallet and the woman of her purse. He then got into a vehicle driven by another suspect and fled the scene.
During the investigation, Jules and Batista developed as suspects and were entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as being wanted for armed robbery.
On Wednesday, Gulfport detectives located and arrested Jules and Batista at their residence on Switzer Road.
Is this the same Walmart in Gulfport where a man fired at his ex-girlfriend, in December 2013?

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Argument leads to man wounded by shooting at Kansas Walmart

Occurred August 9, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Kansas City Walmart (source)

An argument led to shots fired, in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in Kansas City, Kansas.  One man had minor injuries as a result.  The shooter fled in a car.

From an article:
Police officers were called to the Walmart Supercenter at 10824 Parallel Parkway at 4:57 p.m.
According to police, a silver car was waiting in the parking lot for a while when a maroon car pulled up next to it.  Someone in the silver car got into the maroon car.
A conversation between the people in the maroon car escalated into an argument and someone allegedly started firing shots from inside the car. 
A person got out of the maroon car, got into the silver car and drove away, police say.
Authorities said a man was shot and had non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said there are no suspects in custody.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ohio man threatens Walmart shoppers with realistic-looking pellet rifle and is shot to death by police

Occurred August 5, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Beavercreek Walmart (source)

(UPDATED -- See below)

22-year old John Crawford was seen loading a rifle in a Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton, then threatening customers, including children, with it.  Police responded and shot him to death when he wouldn't drop the weapon.

During the evacuation, a 37-year old woman, Angela Williams, also collapsed and died, apparently due to unrelated health issues, while trying to evacuate herself and her two children.

From an article:
Authorities say a customer also died after suffering a medical problem during the evacuation of the store Tuesday. Police identified her as Angela Williams, 37, of Fairborn.
Police identified the man shot Tuesday night at a Wal-Mart in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek as 22-year-old John Crawford of Cincinnati. He died at a hospital.
It's unclear why he had the weapon in the store. A statement from police didn't address Crawford's motives or provide further details about him. No phone was listed for Crawford at the address police had for him.
Beavercreek police said initial investigations indicate the officers responded appropriately. State investigators will review the shooting.
A man who witnessed the scene told a 911 dispatcher that a man with a rifle was near the pet supplies section and appeared to be loading the firearm.
"There is a gentleman walking around with a gun in the store. ... He's, like, pointing it at people," the witness said. Later in the call, sounds like gunshots can be heard, followed by someone screaming for people to leave.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said by email Wednesday that the company is working with investigators and is "deeply saddened about the loss of life."

Walmart is "deeply saddened," but not enough to actually change any of their gun sales or gun carrying policies.

It turns out the rifle was a realistic-looking pellet gun, which Crawford stole and loaded while inside the store.  From another article:
A law enforcement source tells the Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 that the gun used in the Walmart shooting was a realistic-looking toy gun. ....
[Customer] Ronald Ritche said the man "was just waving it at children and people. Items.... I couldn't hear anything that he was saying. I'm thinking that he is either going to rob the place or he's there to shoot somebody else." The man looked kind of serious, Ronald Ritchie said. "He didn't really want to be looked at and when people did look at him, he was pointing the gun at them. He was pointing at people. Children walking by."
HERE is more information on the gun in question.  HERE is Walmart's online sales page for the black version (it also comes in tan).

In two years, I've chronicled at least 23 incidents involving realistic-looking pellet guns used in crimes and shootings at Walmart stores.  How many does it take for Walmart to stop selling these dangerous items?

Pellet guns are not toys, and there is no good reason for them to look like the real thing!
Ronald Ritche said the man "was just waving it at children and people. Items.... I couldn't hear anything that he was saying. I'm thinking that he is either going to rob the place or he's there to shoot somebody else." The man looked kind of serious, Ronald Ritchie said. "He didn't really want to be looked at and when people did look at him, he was pointing the gun at them. He was pointing at people. Children walking by." - See more at: http://www.whio.com/news/news/report-shooting-beavercreek-wal-mart/ngwTS/#sthash.b5Bw9h1m.dpuf

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UPDATE (8/9/14):  The woman who collapsed while trying to get her children to safety, Angela Williams, was shopping for school supplies and for her upcoming wedding that weekend.

UPDATE (8/9/14):  More information on the realistic-looking pellet gun that the suspect was using to threaten people and that got him shot to death, from an article:

a “variable pump air rifle” made by Crosman Corp.
The owner’s manual for the MK-177 BB/Pellet rifle warns that misuse can result in serious injury or death. And it specifically warns about waving it in public. “Police and others may think it is a firearm,” the manual states.
There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment sent Thursday to the Rochester, New York-based manufacturer.

The MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle, manufactured by Crosman
 And, no, it's not a "toy."  These realistic-looking guns are very regularly used by adults and kids to rob, intimidate, threaten, injure, and even kill.

UPDATE (8/9/14):  Despite at least 25 incidents of crimes committed at Walmart stores in just the last couple years using realistic-looking pellet guns, Walmart refuses to stop selling them

A similar-looking Bushmaster ACR assault rifle
UPDATE (8/9/14):  The suspect's girlfriend spoke out about the suspect.  They had two small children together, ages 1 and 4.  According to her, the suspect did not enter the store with the gun. 

UPDATE (8/10/14):  A pro-gun, anti-cop group is protesting outside the Walmart store where this occurred.  But instead of protesting the fact that Walmart sells pellet guns that are so realistic that even police can't tell them apart, they are protesting the police for shooting the suspect!
A similar-looking SCAR 16S assault rifle

UPDATE (8/10/14):  Listen to example 9-1-1 calls, HERE

ADDENDUM (8/13/14):  HERE is the SCAR rifle and HERE is a Bushmaster ACR assault rifle, both of which the MK-177 pellet rifle is made to look like.  Compare the two pictures, above.  If someone pointed one of these at you from a short distance, do you think you could tell the difference?