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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Man shot in the abdomen during fight at Kentucky Walmart

Occurred December 8, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Manchester Walmart (source)



Two men, Michael Edwards and Richard Lawson, got into an argument and fight over a property matter in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Manchester, Kentucky.  Edwards assaulted Lawson, left the scene, then returned with a handgun, shooting Lawson twice in the abdomen.

Edwards fled, but was soon captured by police after trying to ditch one of the three guns in his possession.

Lawson went into surgery, considered critically injured, but is recovering.

From an article and news video:
"I'm at Wal-Mart, two men are fighting in the parking lot,” a caller tells the Manchester 911 dispatcher.
Police say one of them, Michael Edwards, assaulted Richard Lawson then left the area.
“After the first altercation a number of people came to help Mr. Lawson. Michael Edwards then returned with a handgun, people began to scatter,” said Manchester Assistant Chief Patrick Robinson.
Callers to the 911 center then noticed the shooting and called for help.
"We have gentlemen fighting in the parking lot. He has a pistol on him,” said another caller.
“I've got the police on the way,” replied the dispatcher.
“He's in the center of the parking lot.He's got a weapon let them know,” said the caller.
Police say both men were arguing over a property matter.
"Where one claims he owns the property, the other claims he owns it,” said Robinson.
Police say they were to settle the dispute in court Monday yet they met outside Wal-Mart instead.
"Michale Edwards shot Richard Lawson twice in the abdomen,” said Robinson.
Edwards was spotted and he tried to throw one of three guns out of his car window. He was taken to jail and charged with assault. Lawson was airlifted to UK.
“He was to undergo surgery to remove one of the bullets,” said Robinson.
Police say Edwards will face attempted murder and wanton endangerment charges as well.
According to an article, the fight was over a multi-year land dispute.

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Teen accidentally shoots himself in South Dakota Walmart parking lot

Occurred December 6, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Sioux Falls Walmart parking lot (source)



A 17-year old boy was shot in the leg in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

From an article:
Officers were dispatched to 301 S. Sycamore Avenue in response to a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a juvenile male who told them he had just been shot in the leg at Walmart on 5521 E. Arrowhead Pkwy.
The juvenile was transported to Avera Hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police blocked off a large portion of the east side Walmart parking lot for several hours Saturday evening to investigate.
According to another article, the teen had been waiting in a car while his mother was shopping in Walmart and had access to an unlocked, loaded, .22 handgun.  Handling the gun, he unintentionally shot himself, though he had initially told police and his mother that the shooting had been the result of a robbery.

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

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Gunman robs Florida Walmart liquor store and pistol whips employee

Occurred December 5, 2014.

A man entered a Walmart liquor store in Winter Haven, Florida, pulled out a handgun, and threatened two Walmart employees with it, robbing the store then pistol-whipping on of the employees before fleeing.

From an article:
Police say around 12:31 p.m., a man walked into the Walmart Liquor store at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd. and walked briefly around the store in an obvious attempt to see if there were any other customers present.
He then approached one counter, placing a small item to be scanned and immediately pulled a gun on the clerk. As the 75-year-old male clerk tried to open the drawer, the suspect hit him on the side of the head knocking him to the ground.
The suspect then turned to the 50-year-old female clerk directly behind him and demanded she open her drawer, which she attempts to do. The suspect then hit the female clerk two times on the side of the head and left the store empty-handed.
Both clerks were taken to Winter Haven Hospital to be treated for lacerations to the head. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

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Man steals realistic Airsoft gun from Ohio Walmart then uses it to rob a bank

Occurred December 5, 2014.


A man shoplifted a realistic-looking Airsoft pellet gun from an Englewood, Ohio, Walmart store.  He then used the gun to rob a nearby credit union.

From an article:

Englewood Police Sgt. Michael Lang said the suspect was shown on surveillance video before the robbery at a nearby Walmart shoplifting an Airsoft gun and purchasing a T-shirt. He next went to Murphy Oil and purchased gas before crossing the street and robbing the credit union.

Lang says they believe the shoplifted gun was used in the robbery soon after at Wright-Patt Credit Union on Hoke Road.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Armed robbery by gunman at California Walmart

Occurred December 1, 2014.


A man had just finished shopping at a Walmart store in Richmond, California, when he was robbed at gunpoint by three men in the parking lot.

The men fled.  One may have been apprehended by police later after ditching the gun in .  The other two escaped.

From an article:
The armed robbery happened around 11:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hilltop Mall Road just after the victim left the nearby Walmart, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
An officer canvassing the neighborhood after the robbery spotted a man who matched the description of one of the suspects and attempted to stop him, Abetkov said.
She said the man fled from the officer and tossed a handgun along the way.
The officer apprehended the man, but the victim in the robbery was unable to positively identify him as one of the suspects in the robbery, Abetkov said.
The man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun.
The two armed robbery suspects remain at large.



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Argument leads to fatal shooting outside a Texas Walmart

Occurred December 10, 2014.
Scene of fatal shooting at Stafford Walmart (source)



A man was shopping at a Walmart store in Stafford, Texas, with his wife and young daughter when he got into an argument with another shopper.

The argument continued outside, where the other shopper pulled out a handgun and shot the man in the neck and chest.  The shooter fled, and the victim died at the hospital.

The shooter is still on the loose.

From an article:
Police said the man was shopping with his wife and young daughter when he got into an argument inside the store with another shopper.  
The argument continued outside the store when the other shopper pulled out a gun and shot the man, said police. 
Sources tell Local 2 the man was shot in the neck and chest. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he died. 
The shooter fled the scene; police are currently following some leads and reviewing surveillance video to try and get a description of him and his vehicle.
Yvette Gentry was working inside the store when she heard several gunshots.

"I was inside working register seven when I heard three shots and then I saw a guy running in, full of blood,” she said. “When I walked around there was a whole lot of blood right in front of that window. There's a whole lot of blood."
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Two boys steal realistic-looking BB gun from Florida Walmart and use it to rob and shoot pizza driver

Occurred December 2, 2014.


Two boys, ages 12 and 13, stole a realistic-looking BB gun from an Ocala, Florida, Walmart store. They then used the gun to threaten, rob, and shoot a pizza delivery drive and shoot out his window.

From an article:
According to the report, the two masked juveniles pointed BB guns at the driver's chest, stated "Gimme what ya got," to which the driver replied, "I ain't givin you (expletive)."
The driver told police the juveniles then started shooting him with BB guns and shattered his rear window as he was driving away.
A 13-year-old involved was found in the area with BBs and an air cartridge in his pocket, according to the report. The teen told police he had gone with the other juveniles to Walmart and stolen several BB guns.
The two other juveniles, both of whom were 12 years old, were taken into custody at Ocala Police Department.
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