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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Open carry of firearm in Missouri Walmart alarms customers

Occurred July 21, 2014.

A man entered a Walmart store in Kansas City, Missouri, with an openly-displayed handgun on him.  Naturally, shoppers were alarmed, not knowing his intentions or level of training, and called 911.

Police responded and interviewed the man, but then released him.  Missouri law allows open carry of firearms, and Walmart is permissive.

A news video on the incident:


No law was broken, but Walmart is just fine with its employees and shoppers being alarmed.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Shots fired during robbery at North Carolina Walmart

Occurred June 4, 2014.

A man was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Sanford, North Carolina.  The robber then tried to flee, and when the victim gave chase, fired shots at the victim.  The robber then crashed and was caught by police.

From an article:
Police learned a man had been robbed of money and a cell phone. The suspect then got into a car with a driver and tried to get away.

The victim followed the suspect's car and the passenger fired several shots while in the parking lot before crashing.

Police arrested 22-year-old Dwayne Solomon Jr., of Sanford. He's being held in the Lee County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gunman robs checkout at California Walmart

Occurred June 1, 2014.

A man was at the checkout in a Walmart in Redding, California, when he pulled out a semi-auto handgun, demanded cash from the checker, then fled.

Luckily, no one was injured.

From an article with images of the suspect:
Officers determined that a man had been completing a transaction with a store clerk in the Garden Center area. During the transaction, the robber displayed a black semi-auto handgun. The clerk fled the area and the robber took an undisclosed amount of money from the till. The man fled the store through an emergency exit.

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Drug deal gone wrong leads to three people shot at Oklahoma Walmart

Occurred June 2, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Tulsa Walmart (source)

Eric Santeliz, 20, met two other men in a car in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a drug deal.  He intended, instead, to rob the men.

But the other men pulled out a gun and shot Santeliz, wounding him.  Santeliz returned fire, killing one of the men and injuring another.

Police responded and took the survivors to the hospital, taking Santeliz into custody.

From an article:
One suspect was arrested at approximately 4:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. Eric Santeliz, 20, reportedly told officers that he had arranged the narcotics transaction knowing that he did not have enough money to complete the transaction.
Santeliz said he planned to rob the victim. When the subjects were in the vehicle about to make the drug transaction, the victim and another person inside the vehicle reportedly pulled out a gun. The victim shot Santeliz and as he exited the vehicle, and then the victim was shot and killed, the police report states.
Tulsa police detectives say the gun shots were exchanged inside a dark colored Nissan Altima.
Responding officers evacuated the store after reports that the shooter may have gone inside. The store was shut down until investigators were able to clear the scene. One shopper told KTUL that there was no loud P-A system announcement.
Two handguns were found in the parking lot near several cars.
The victim died after being shot in the head and taken to St. John's hospital. The other shooting victims were taken to Saint Francis Hospital after one was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the arm.
This is the 20th homicide of the year in Tulsa.
Tulsa Walmarts have seen other gun crimes since 2012, including a robbery in May, 2013, and a drunk shooting up the parking lot in July, 2012.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Armed robbery with a gun in parking lot of Georgia Walmart

Occurred May 29, 2014.

A man was robbed of cash at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Clayton, Georgia.  One of the three suspects was a felon.  All three were arrested.

No one was injured.

From an article:
Dustin Cabe, 27, of Franklin, N.C., placed a call to Rabun County Dispatch stating three men took an undisclosed amount of cash from him at gunpoint.

Cabe followed the men's vehicle south on Georgia 15 (U.S. 441).

Rabun County sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested three people:

* Cameron Gholston, 26, of Toccoa, charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime;

* Madaysha Moorer, 22, of Toccoa, charged with armed robbery; and

* Marcus Quillian, 24, of Toccoa, charged with armed robbery.

The victim's money was recovered following the arrest, according to case agent Lt. Jack Tanksley.
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Drug deal leads to shooting in Missouri Walmart bathroom

Occurred June 10, 2014.
Festus Walmart where shooting occurred (source)

Three men met in the bathroom at a Walmart store in Festus, Missouri, for a drug deal.  The deal went bad, then one of the men pulled out a gun and shot another through the hand and jaw.  The shooter and another man then fled, but were soon arrested.  They were released without charges after 24 hours as an investigation continued.

The victim is expected to survive.

From an article:
The Festus Police Department says that the man was shot through the hand and face.  The injuries appear to be non-life threatening.  The victim is being treated at a hospital in St. Louis.
Festus police were able to find the suspects about 20 minutes after taking a description from the victim.  A 33-year-old DeSoto man and a 30-year-old Festus man matched the description of the suspects.  Police believe that this is an isolated incident.  They say the victim and the suspects had some sort of relationship before the shooting.

From another article:
It was a drug deal, but police are unsure who was buying drugs from whom.
"That's what we're trying to investigate," Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said today.
The two men arrested on suspicion of shooting the victim in the hand and jaw were released Thursday after being held for 24 hours, the maximum time state law allows people who have not been charged with a crime to be detained, while police piece together what happened, Lewis said.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Man leaves loaded handgun in South Carolina Walmart bathroom

Occurred July 12, 2014.

A loaded .38-caliber handgun was found unattended in the bathroom of a Walmart in York, South Carolina.

Police were notified, and the gun was taken into evidence, and was found not to be reported stolen.  "Some time later" a man called in to report that he had lost the gun and was told to report to the police to retrieve it.

From an article:
Officers were called to Walmart on East Liberty Street at about 3 p.m. when an assistant manager reported that a customer told him a gun was in the men’s restroom near the back of the store, according to a York Police report. The manager locked the bathroom door and called police. 
Police went inside the bathroom and walked to the last stall, where they found a gray Smith & Wesson revolver on the toilet paper dispenser, the report states. An officer found five live .38 caliber rounds inside the gun. Officers checked the gun’s serial numbers and realized it was not stolen. 
Some time later, a man called police about the gun, the report states. He described the gun to officers and explained he left it in the bathroom. Police instructed him to report to the police department on Monday to pick up his firearm.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/14/3563913/loaded-gun-found-in-bathroom-at.html#storylink=cpy
Walmart allows conceal carry in its stores.

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