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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Man shot and killed in Dallas Walmart gas station; officer shoots suspect

Occurred August 27, 2014.
Scene of fatal shooting at Dallas Walmart (source)

A man was shot and killed in his car in the parking lot of a Walmart gas station and parking lot in Dallas, Texas.  An off-duty police officer, working security, responded and chased a suspect across the street, firing at him and hitting him.  The suspect then died.

From an article:
According to police and witnesses, the officer was working a security job at a Walmart store when there was a commotion at the gas station in the parking lot just before 1 a.m. between people in two vehicles.
One shot was fired, police say, and one of the vehicles crashed into parked cars. A man was discovered dead inside.
The suspects then took off and the officer chased them into the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant across the street.
The officer says he spotted a gun and told the suspect to put it down, but he didn't listen. The officer fired his weapon and shot the suspect, who took off in his car again -- eventually crashing into parked cars. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the officer felt his safety was at risk.
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Shoplifter threatens employees with gun in California Walmart

Occurred August 23, 2014.

24-Year old Jody Wayne Noel was arrested after a standoff at his home.  He had been seen stealing items from a Palm Springs, California, Walmart store, and had threatened employees with a gun when confronted.

From an article:
Shortly after 11 p.m., after more than 4 hours inside the home in the 2900 block of Chuperosa Road, Jody Wayne Noel, surrendered to SWAT officers and was arrested on suspicion of robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and committing a crime while on bail, according to Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Villegas, who issued a news release.
Police shut down surrounding roadways Friday evening in an effort to find a man who reportedly stole items from the Walmart, 5601 E. Ramon Road, and brandished a firearm at a security guard as he fled, police said.
That incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m., and witnesses reported seeing him drive away in a gray vehicle.

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Former police officer pulls gun on Wisconsin Walmart employees while trying to steal TV

Occurred August 23, 2014.

A former police officer, Paul Garcheck, was caught trying to steal a television from a Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, Walmart store.  When store employees confronted him, he threatened them with a gun, then fled.

Garcheck was later arrested at his home.

From an article and news video:

Mount Pleasant police said Paul Garcheck, 41, tried tried to steal a television from the Walmart on Oakes Road just after 4 a.m. When workers confronted him, he pulled out a gun, police said.

Police tracked Garchek to a house in Racine, where they arrested him after a brief standoff.

Nobody was hurt.

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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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