|Suspect leaving the Lutz Walmart|
It's just the beginning of the year, but already there has been another shooting at a Walmart.
A man and his girlfriend were in a Walmart parking lot in Lutz, Florida, just north of Tampa Bay, when a man approached them. Shouting racist slurs, he shot the man in the cheek with a pellet gun.
From an article:
Pasco County deputies are searching for a suspect in what is being called a hate crime that occurred early Wednesday morning.
According to the sheriff's office, a man and his girlfriend were leaving the Walmart on Land O' Lakes Boulevard at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, when the suspect began harassing them in the parking lot because he believed the man was from the Middle East.
As the man and his girlfriend were approaching their car, the suspect came up to them and made racial slurs about the man being with a white woman, then shot the man in the face with a pellet gun in the cheek area at least twice, Pasco Sheriff's Office Spokesman Doug Tobin said.
"We are looking at it as a hate crime," Tobin said.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said the agency is dedicating all of its resources to finding the suspect.
"That will not be tolerated in Pasco County," Nocco said.
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UPDATE (1/3/13): Local Muslim leaders are offering a $1000 reward for anyone who helps catch the suspect.
UPDATE (1/4/13): The full video footage of the suspect and the shooting have been released.
A suspect has been arrested, named Daniel P. Quinnell:
The victim and his girlfriend were headed toward their car early Wednesday in the Walmart parking lot at 1575 Land O' Lakes Boulevard when a man approached them. He asked the victim if he was Muslim or from the Middle East. The victim said no. But the man shot him twice at close range with a gas-propelled pellet gun while saying "N - - - - - with a white girl."
The attacker fired more than 20 pellets, deputies said.
When deputies released surveillance video and still photographs of the attacker earlier this week, the sheriff's office received several tips, including one that the man was staying at a hotel near State Road 54 and Interstate 75 in Pasco.
Detectives identified the attacker as Daniel P. Quinnell. He was arrested at the hotel and faces aggravated battery charges.
Quinnell was being booked into the Land O' Lakes jail early Friday.