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

Monday, April 29, 2013

Man smashes gun case in North Carolina Walmart and steals rifle, then hides in bathroom

Occurred April 28, 2013.

At a Walmart store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 44-year old Ricky Edward Frazier smashed a gun display case and pulled out a rifle.  He then fled to the bathroom until police pulled him out and arrested him.

This is at least the fifth incident of guns stolen from displays in Walmart stores so far in 2013 that I know of.

From an article:

Police said 44-year-old Ricky Edward Frazier, of 1705 Shamrock Ln., went into the sporting goods section of Walmart, smashed a glass gun case and took out a rifle. Frazier ran into the men's restroom with the rifle at the back of the store and refused to leave. 
Officers were eventually able to take Frazier into custody. No one was injured in the incident. 
Frazier is charged with larceny of a firearm, going armed to the terror of the public, and damage to property. He also faces charges for multiple outstanding warrants for driving violations.

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Man steals Airsoft gun from Maine Walmart

Occurred April 24, 2013.

A 27-year old man, Nick Tatu, stole an Airsoft pellet gun from a Walmart in Auburn, Maine.  Police were called, and a pursuit occurred in neighboring woods before Tatu was captured and the gun recovered.

From an article:

The weapon was an Airsoft pistol, police said, taken by a suspect last seen headed toward the back of the store at about 5:15 p.m. 
Several officers searched the area behind Walmart and neighboring stores but there was no sign of the suspect. 
Witnesses reported seeing the man run into the woods in the area between Walmart and BJ's Wholesale Club. Police soon followed, entering the heavily wooded area between Park Avenue and Summer Street. 
Auburn police Sgt. Laurie Woodhead said the officers soon came upon some of the store packaging that had contained the gun. That led them to an area where they found Nick Tatu, 27, still in possession of the Airsoft pistol. 
Auburn police Officer Justin Richardson caught up with Tatu and arrested him, police said, but the suspect didn't go willingly. 
Tatu was taken out of the woods and charged with theft, criminal threatening, criminal trespass, refusing to submit to arrest and violating conditions of release stemming from an earlier arrest. He remained at the Androscoggin County Jail later Wednesday.

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Deadly shooting in Louisiana Walmart parking lot

Occurred April 24, 2013.
Scene of deadly shooting in Port Allen Walmart parking lot

A man was shot in a conflict that erupted in the parking lot of a Walmart in Port Allen, Louisiana.  The shooter fled.  The victim, 37-year old Leon Banks, was put in a car by a friend, who then tried to drive him to the hospital, but police pulled him over.  First aid was administered, but the man died.

From an article:

Around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night, a Plaquemine man was fatally shot outside of a Wal-Mart near Port Allen. The victim, Leon Banks, 37, was driven away from the scene by another man, Alfred Watts III. The two fled the parking lot in a white BMW, trying to get Banks to a hospital in Baton Rouge. 
West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies pursued the car and finally stopped it near a Florida Boulevard CATS station. Upon finding Banks injured in the car, they called an ambulance to take him to an area hospital where he later died. They also arrested Watts for possession of marijuana in the car. 
WBR Sheriff's Deputies are looking for the suspected shooter, whose name has not been released.   

(a related article)

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Three men armed with gun steal stereo equipment from Virginia Walmart

Occurred April 10, 2013.

Three men entered a Walmart in Suffolk, Virginia, put stereo equipment in a cart, and made off with it.  They were armed with at least one handgun.

From an article, which also has images of two of the suspects:

On April 10 at approximately 3:10 a.m. the suspects were seen on surveillance video entering the store and then placing stereo equipment in a shopping cart before fleeing the store. Police say they left in a white minivan, described as possibly a Dodge Caravan at approximately 3:23 a.m. 
One of the suspects was seen carrying a handgun as he fled the store. A third suspect was also believed to be involved, but no photos are available.

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Man with gun robs North Carolina Walmart

Suspect from an armed robbery at Gastonia Walmart
Occurred April 24, 2013.

A man, armed with a gun, robbed a Walmart in Gastonia, North Carolina.  He then fled.

From an article:

The robbery occured around 9 p.m. Tuesday in Money Center of the Walmart on East Franklin Street. Police said the suspect walked into the store and put some items in a shopping cart before going to the Money Center. There, police said, he robbed the center’s clerk at gunpoint before running out of the store. 
No injuries were reported. 
Police described the suspect as a black male, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, with long dread locks. He was wearing a blue hoodie, khaki shorts, a hat and sunglasses, police said.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/24/4001559/suspect-sought-in-armed-robbery.html#storylink=cpy

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Armed robbery attempt at gunpoint in Georgia Walmart parking lot

Occurred April 12, 2013.
Scene of armed robbery attempt with gun at Chattanooga Walmart

A woman was in a Walmart parking lot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when 19-year old Robert Cody Martin came up and put a gun to her head, trying to rob her of her money and car keys.  The woman refused, and, luckily, Martin went away.

He was later captured, and has also been charged in another robbery and car theft.

From an article:
 Investigators believe "Robert Martin" held a gun to woman in a Wal-Mart parking lot.     However, when she wouldn't give up her money or keys, he left.  
     Martin is also connected to a robbery at a Dollar General store and the theft of a vehicle.  
         He was arrested yesterday afternoon through cooperation between Dade County Sheriff's office and the Chattanooga Police Department. 
Ray Cross the Dade County Sheriff says. 
"Chattanooga officers apprehended the subject and now have him in custody in the Hamilton County jail, myself and one of the detectives interviewed him this morning and he gave a full confession to the attempted armed robbery in our county".
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Man fires shotgun at truck in Ohio Walmart parking lot

Occurred April 20, 2013.

A man fired a shotgun multiple times at a truck parked in the parking lot of a Walmart in an Ontario, Ohio.

From an article:

Ontario police are searching for a man suspected of shooting a truck in the parking lot at Walmart on Lexington-Springmill Road.
Around 11 p.m., witnesses called 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Chief Rodney Smith pointed out where a large black truck had been shot at multiple times with a shotgun.
No one is yet in custody and no one was injured.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Concealed handgun falls out of man's holster and discharges in Indiana Walmart

Occurred April 13, 2013.

A man was in Walmart while carrying a concealed handgun, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when the gun fell out, hitting the ground and discharging.  Luckily no one was hurt.

No charges.

From an article:
No one was injured Saturday night at the Wal-Mart on Apple Glen Boulevard when a customer’s gun fell out of the holster and discharged, police said.
City police responded to a call about shots fired at Wal-Mart, 1710 Apple Glen Boulevard, at about 5 p.m., Fort Wayne police spokesman Chris Felton said.
When officers arrived, witnesses said that a customer carrying a handgun had accidentally dropped it, causing it to fire one shot inside the store, police said.
No one was arrested, Felton said.
Walmart allows conceal carry in every store, as long as the gun owner is allowed by law to carry in public.

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Virginia community college shooter purchased his shotgun at a Walmart

Neil A. MacInnis, 18, walked into the New River Community College at New River Valley Mall, in Christiansburg, Virginia, and opened fire, injuring two people in the lobby before being subdued by an off-duty security guard.

He purchased the 12-guage shotgun legally at the local Walmart.

From an article:
The suspect in a shooting at a community college that injured two women legally purchased his weapon two days earlier and told detectives after his arrest he "was having a bad week," police said Monday.
The Christiansburg Police Department said in a news release that Neil A. MacInnis, 18, purchased the 12-gauge shotgun allegedly used in Friday's shooting from a licensed firearms dealer. Court records identified the seller as Walmart.
Nine shell casings were recovered from the New River Valley Mall, the location of a satellite office for New River Community College, police said. The ammunition recovered included slugs, buckshot and bird shot.

How many other criminals purchase their guns from Walmart, America's #1 retail seller of ammo and guns, including assault rifles?

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Man shoots at lights in Oregon Walmart parking lot

Occurred April 11, 2013.

A man who was possibly high on drugs was caught shooting at lights in a Walmart parking lot in Eugene, Oregon.

From an article:

Eugene police arrested two people Thursday night, after shoppers heard gun shots outside Walmart in the Delta Oaks shopping center.  Upon investigation officers found six bullet casings from a .45 caliber gun, behind the store in an area that borders Beltline Highway.  Police say the man who fired the weapon ran into the nearby woods.  They did find and arrest him on several charges, and believe he was under the influence of drugs.  The woman he was with was arrested on outstanding warrants.  
Walmart was put on lock down during the investigation and shoppers were kept inside. No one was hurt. 
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Man and woman armed robbers hold up Georgia Walmart before being caught

Occurred April 11, 2013.

A man and a woman, Shane Neal Durden, 33, and Amber Michelle Smith, 23, used a gun to rob a Walmart in Loganville, Georgia, before escaping.  A chase with police ensued, until the duo crashed their car and, after a short manhunt, were apprehended.  This was the last of a string of armed robberies that they are suspected of committing.

From an article:

Police officers were initially called for a shoplifting incident at the Loganville Walmart but the suspect reportedly pulled a gun on a Walmart employee and escaped in a car. 
 The suspects led officers on a chase from Walton County, through Rockdale County and into DeKalb County before wrecking along Pleasant Hill Road near Highway 124 in DeKalb around 3pm. 
The female suspect, Amber Michelle Smith, 23, of Loganville, was apprehended at the crash site. The male suspect, Shane Neal Durden, 33, also of Loganville, ran into the woods and was apprehended behind houses in a subdivision between Pleasant Hill Road and Union Grove Road four hours later following a brief foot pursuit. 
Authorities from the DeKalb Police Department, Gwinnett Police Department, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Walton County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service began a manhunt in DeKalb, using K9 units and helicopters, for the male suspect. 
The duo face charges including armed robbery, weapons violations and aggravated assault in several counties, including Rockdale, Walton and DeKalb.
Another article describes some of the other crimes Durden was wanted for, including shooting a man twice in the chest.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Armed robbery at South Carolina Walmart

Occurred April 5, 2013.

A man armed with a gun held up a Walmart in Asheville, South Carolina.

From an article, with images of the suspect and his vehicle:

The suspect said he had a gun and demanded cash from the clerk.  No injuries were reported.  The man got away with an undetermined amount of cash. 
He is described as a white male, standing 5'10", with a black Asheville Tourist baseball hat and sweatshirt, khaki pants, black gloves and brown shoes.  He was also seen wearing a stocking over his face with the eyes cut out, along with dark rimmed glasses.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Man shot and wounded at Arizona Walmart

Occurred March 27, 2013.

According to an article, there was a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart near Salt River, Arizona:

It happened around 3 p.m. outside the store on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. 
The suspect fled the scene and no weapon was recovered at the scene, according to Salt River police Detective Vicente Cendejas. 
The victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Woman in South Carolina Walmart parking lot struck by stray bullet

Occurred April 3, 2013.

A woman was getting out of her car in a Walmart parking lot in Walterboro, South Carolina, when she was struck in the stomach by a stray bullet falling out of the sky.  Luckily she was only mildly wounded.

Police later found a group of men in a nearby swamp who likely fired the round, who were shooting off a number of different weapons.

From an article:

The woman, according to Walterboro Police Chief Otis Rhodes, was getting out of her vehicle to go into the store Wednesday at approximately 12:15 p.m. when she was struck in the stomach by the bullet. 
The projectile had lost most of its velocity, simply bruising the woman as it fell to earth. Not knowing what had caused her minor injury, she walked into the business and told store employees, who contacted city police. She reportedly decided she did not need medical attention. 
Rhodes said officers found the bullet near the woman’s car. 
Police sent to the shopping center continued to hear distant gunfire. ... 
A team of sheriff’s office and Walterboro Public Safety personnel tracked the sounds of gunshots to the 1300 block of Mount Carmel Road. 
After walking through a swamp, the officers found four males who said they had been shooting rounds from three rifles, four handguns and a shotgun. 
They were told it appeared one of their bullets had traveled from their location to the Walmart parking lot, a distance a deputy estimated to be “about one-fourth to one-half mile as the crow flies.” 
The men said they had been firing into the ground and into the swamp. The deputy who was part of the search team reported that the area did not have a safe backstop for shooting. 
Officers obtained the personal information from the four men and took photographs of their weapons.

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Armed robbery at Georgia Walmart

Occurred April 4, 2013.
Armed robbery in progress at Dunwoody Walmart

A man brandishing a silver handgun, and wearing a wig, robbed the money center at the Dunwoody, Georgia Walmart.  He was caught by police soon after, hiding in the woods next to the store.

From an article:

The Dunwoody Police Department has arrested 29-year-old Alphonzo Eddy of East Point in connection with an armed robbery at the Walmart at 4725 Ashford Dunwoody Road Thursday morning. 
At approximately 8:40 a.m., Dunwoody Police responded to the armed robbery. A black male suspect, wearing a dreadlock-styled wig, entered that location and purchased a money order from the money center. 
When the cashier opened the register, the suspect proceeded around the counter, brandished a silver in color handgun, and removed approximately $2,000 from the register before fleeing the store. 
When officers arrived on scene, a witness advised the suspect was seen running into an adjacent wooded area. Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the area while other officers were able to track and apprehend a suspect found lying within the wooded area. The suspect was found with several items related to the crime in his possession including the handgun, wig, and money stolen from Walmart. 
Eddy has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by taking.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Police shoot unarmed shoplifter in Memphis Walmart

Occurred March 28, 2013.
Scene of shooting at Memphis Walmart

A suspected shoplifter was confronted by an off-duty officer working security at a Memphis, Tennessee Walmart, as well as two on-duty officers.  

A struggle ensued, the suspect turned, and one of the officers thought he had a gun and shot him.  

The victim was unarmed.  He is now in critical condition.

From an article:

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, an off-duty officer working Walmart security followed a man suspected of shoplifting out of the store. He flagged down two on-duty cops. 
Police said as they tried to arrest him the suspected shoplifter fought back, spun, and reached for his waistband as if going for a gun. 
That is when one of the three cops shot him once. Armstrong confirms there was not gun on the suspect. 
Investigators said the man is at The MED in critical condition. The man's family declined to comment about the incident.

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Armed robbery and drug deal gone bad in Florida Walmart parking lot turns into car chase with police

Occurred April 1, 2013.

Three suspects were engaged in a drug deal in a Walmart parking lot in Sunrise, Florida, when the deal went bad.  Using guns, they committed an armed robbery, then fled.  Police got involved and chased the suspects, who bailed out after ramming a police car.  They have since been apprehended.

From an article:
It started around 4 p.m. when a drug transaction turned into an armed robbery in the parking lot of a Walmart at 3603 N. University Drive in Sunrise, Sgt. Rodney Hailey said. 
Undercover officers in several unmarked patrol cars moved in to make the arrests but the suspects' car rammed a police car and sped away. That officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at Florida Medical Center, Hailey said. 
"The other [officers] continued to chase them into the city of Lauderhill and ultimately the [suspect] vehicle crashed," he said. "We caught one person in the car and two others fled east into the neighborhood." 
A perimeter was set up around the apartment complex at 2750 Northwest 56th Avenue. A SWAT team persuaded the remaining two suspects to surrender about two hours later, Hailey said. 
"The suspects were armed with guns," he said, but no shots were fired during the chase and search.
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UPDATE (4/8/13):  The three suspects have been identified as Anthony Lawson, 37, of Boca Raton, Sean Bryant, 20, and Marco Frankie, 19,