|Dinwiddie Walmart distribution center crime scene|
33-year-old Melvin D. Taylor, Jr. "just didn't seem together" the day he showed up for his job at a Dinwiddie, Virginia Walmart distribution center. After his lunch break, he walked to the back of the building and opened fire, injuring 40-year-old Wynette Starks, a manager at the facility, in the leg. He then exited the building, where police were arriving, and had a shoot-out with them. Taylor then committed suicide.
From an article:
A co-worker said Melvin Taylor "just didn't seem together" shortly before he shot a supervisor, and then turned the gun on himself at the Walmart distribution center in Dinwiddie County.
The employee, who did not want to be identified, told 8News the woman who was shot is 40-year-old Wynette Starks, a manager at the facility. She was shot in the leg, and is expected to recover, Dinwiddie Sheriff D.T. "Duck" Adams said.
Investigators said Taylor, 32, walked to the back of the building and opened fire after returning from his lunch break on Wednesday afternoon. He then went back outside and shot at deputies before killing himself, according to authorities. No deputies were injured.
Co-workers told 8News they noticed something wasn't right with Taylor the day of the shooting, but they are shocked by what happened.
"He's gonna give you 120 percent every day, but he definitely wasn't himself. I saw him and there was just something about him today," an employee said after the incident.
Walmart spokesperson Dan Fogleman issued a statement about the shooting. It reads in part:
"We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are grateful there were no additional injuries. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the community, our associates, the victim and the families of both associates involved as we collectively try to come to grips with what has happened."
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