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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FBI arrest of drug-dealing gang member leads to fatal shooting at Maryland Sam's Club store

Occurred April 11, 2014.

FBI went to arrest Jameel Kareem Ofurum Harrison, 34, in the parking lot of a Sam's Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, for drug offenses.  Harrison was a gang member with a long rap sheet.

When Harrison attempted to run over the officers, they opened fire, hitting him 19 times and killing him.

An investigation cleared the FBI agents of wrongdoing.

From an article:
In the Owings Mills shooting, the agents from the FBI's Baltimore field office, along with other law enforcement personnel, were wearing vests that identified them as law enforcement. They got out of their cars, surrounded Harrison's car, and told him to raise his hands and get out of the car.
One officer pulled his Chevrolet Uplander minivan in front of Harrison's 2013 Infiniti FX37, boxing him in. The officer got out and walked up to the front of Harrison's car; with his weapon drawn, he identified himself as a police officer and ordered Harrison to get out of the car. Another agent walked up to Harrison's driver-side door, and others also approached the vehicle and repeated similar commands.
The report says Harrison started to drop his hands "and a short time after that, the vehicle was driving in reverse," striking the car behind him. ...

The report says Harrison "put the vehicle in reverse, accelerated past two witness vehicles, then struck a third witness vehicle. At that point the driver made a movement that placed three agents in fear of death or injury, causing them to discharge their weapons," according to the Baltimore County Police Department's investigative report, which was reviewed by the state's attorney's office.
Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Man tries to rob Oklahoma Walmart, fails, then commits suicide when police confront him

Occurred June 19, 2014.

A man named Peter Cangemi III walked up to a cash register in a Walmart store in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and demanded cash with a gun.  When the clerk couldn't comply, the man fled.  Police chased after him, catching up to him in the bed of a truck where he had hitchhiked a ride.  The man then committed suicide with the gun, shooting himself in the head.

From an article:
Store employees told police the suspect had a gun and demanded money from the Customer Service desk. Employees couldn’t get the drawer open, so the man left without incident.
Police say witnesses saw the suspect leave on a motorcycle, which was later found abandoned in a wooded area about a mile north of the store.
Police soon after stopped a pick-up truck in the area. The driver and passenger followed orders given by the patrol officer, but a man in the bed of the truck stood up with a gun to his head, fired the gun and died at the scene.
The officer did not fire any shots.
The robbery suspect ended up in the truck after he asked the two for a ride.
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Shootings At Walmart Stores Are On The Rise For The Third Year In A Row

Here at the Walmart Shootings blog, I make it my duty to chronicle every gun crime at Walmart stores, the world's largest retail gun seller.  I don't know why Walmart stores are a magnet for shootings, armed robberies by gunmen, conceal carry accidents, and gun thefts, but I believe the incidents speak for themselves.  All of those that I post are reports in the media.  How many never make it that far, I wonder.

I've been keeping track since the beginning of 2012.  Clicking on the tabs above will give you a listing of the incidents where shots were fired, and how many were wounded or killed.

But I've noticed something alarming:  the rate of shootings is steadily increasing.  It's so frequent, now, that I hardly have time to chronicle all of them, and fell behind for a while.  Sometimes there are as many as two or three incidents per day.  What does the data say?  The graph below sums it up pretty well.

In all of 2012, I found 53 shooting incidents on Walmart properties.  In 2013, there were that many incidents by the beginning of October.  This year, they have already matched that number by July.  If a linear regression is predictive, they are set to beat last year's high of 83 by a comfortable margin, perhaps around 100 incidents.

So I would like to ask the administration of Walmart:   Is this acceptable to you?  Is this just "the cost of doing business?"  If not, what do you intend to do about this?  Don't you think that selling guns and ammo, and having a permissive policy about conceal carry, might have something to do with these alarming numbers?  Don't you care enough about your customers and employees to provide them with a safer environment than this?

Here's the data, for all to see:

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Florida Walmart employee threatened by robber dressed as employee

Occurred June 6, 2014.

(UPDATE -- See below)

An employee was working in a Walmart store in

When deputies arrived, they spoke with a store employee who indicated she was approached by a black female wearing a Walmart uniform and name tag.
The employee said that after they spoke for several minutes, the suspect opened her handbag and revealed a gun. The employee screamed, and the suspect fled the store and left the area in a black sedan. 
“We don’t know if the suspect works for Walmart or simply had access to a Walmart uniform," said Osceola County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Twis Lizasuain.

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Angela Nichelle Alexander, has been named as the suspect and was found in Georgia.  She will be extradited to face trial.

Two men carjack a woman at gunpoint in a Walmart parking lot in Wisconsin

Occurred May 28, 2014.

A woman was robbed at gunpoint of her money and her car, in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Franklin, Wisconsin.  The car was found shortly after.  She was unharmed.

From a news article and video:
A woman was robbed at gunpoint in a Walmart parking lot Wednesday night in Franklin.
Police said she was robbed and her vehicle was stolen around 9:30 p.m. at the store's lot on 27th Street near Sycamore Avenue.
The 56 year-old woman was not injured and her car was found a few blocks away with the assistance of On-Star.
Two men have now been identified for the carjacking.
Franklin police said James Gill, 21, was taken into custody on June 6. He was charged with armed robberies in the city of Milwaukee, West Milwaukee and Franklin.
A warrant has been obtained for the second suspect, Norman Smith, III, 24, according to the Franklin Police Department.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gunman robs Walmart in North Carolina

Occurred June 6, 2014.

23-year-old Anthony Velasco entered a Walmart store in Greenville, North Carolina, went to the Money Center in the store, and demanded cash at gunpoint.  He fled, but was soon captured by police.

From an article:
At approximately 1:20 p.m. police received a report of the robbery, which took place at the Money Center in the front of the store. Velasco wielded a handgun while demanding cash from the employees. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Witnesses of the robbery were able to identify Velasco, the getaway vehicle and the tag number, leading police to the vehicle the same day. When signaled to pull over, the driver ignored Greenville Police leading them on a chase. The vehicle crashed into a cement pipe off County Home Rd., causing the car to catch on fire.
After attempting to flee the scene on foot, 23-year-old Velasco of Tull Road, who is a known Sureno-13 (SUR-13) gang member according to police, was arrested and taken into custody.
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Man wounded in apparent drug and gang shooting at California Walmart Neighborhood Market

Occurred June 7, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Visalia Walmart (source)

Police responded to a report of shots fired, at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Visalia, California.  There they found a man who had been shot in the abdomen and wounded.  A man and a woman were taken into custody for the shooting.  It may have been gang- and drug-related.

From an article:
A Visalia man and his girlfriend were arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting at a grocery store parking that sent a man to the hospital Saturday night.
Joshua Lee Hickman, 29, and Necole Dalee Noriega, 32, were booked on allegations of attempted homicide, conspiracy, weapon possession and narcotic charges.
Police said officers responded to the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Demaree Street for reports of shots fired. At the scene, officers located 32-year-old Anthony Garcia, who had been shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a hospital, where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police said Garcia was shot in the belly after he left the store. The shots were fired from a vehicle, police said.
"He was targeted," said Sgt. Curtis Brown, gang suppression unit supervisor.

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