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

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Man shot in drug deal gone bad at Oregon Walmart

Occurred August 24, 2013.
Scene of shooting at Springfield Walmart

(UPDATED -- see below)

Two people went to a Walmart parking lot, in Springfield, Oregon, in a pre-arranged meeting with acquaintances involving a monetary transaction.  But the two people they went to meet instead attacked them.  One of the victims was beaten.  The other was critically wounded when he was shot three times (in the torso and extremities).

Police responded, and a chase ensued.  Both attackers were captured.

From an article:
Police on Saturday arrested Anthony James Hillenius, 20, and charged him with first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree robbery. Hillenius, who is also known as Anthony James Enlow, is suspected of firing the gun that sent one victim to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, Sgt. David Lewis said. 
Also charged with two counts of first-degree robbery was Cory Lee Michael Monpas, also 20. 
Lewis did not disclose the names of the two robbery victims but said they are not Lane County residents. The second victim was physically assaulted but not shot, Lewis said.
The first victim was shot in three different places, both in the torso and extremities, Lewis said. The victim was taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. 
Police have conflicting reports on how many shots were fired, Lewis said. A .45-caliber handgun was confiscated as potential evidence, he said. 
The two suspects and the two victims were recent acquaintances, Lewis said. The meeting at Walmart appeared to be pre-arranged, he said. “There was to be an exchange of money for something else,” he said. 
Lewis said police wish to interview another person who was not present at the shooting but may have facilitated the meeting. He said that as of this afternoon police were not certain of that individual’s name.
Shortly after the shooting took place, two suspects were seen leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot in a blue Ford Thunderbird. 
Troopers stopped the car about 15 minutes later and asked the driver and passenger to put their hands out of the vehicle, Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau said. 
The driver sped off while the trooper was waiting for backup to respond. 
Police said they eventually found the car on N Street after a short chase. Both the driver and passenger had ran from the car into the neighborhoods nearby. 
Police used four K-9 units to search the area, and Sgt. Charboneau said  they quickly found one of the men, who they later identified as Anthony Enlow (also known as Anthony Hillenius). 
A second suspect ran from the car onto Nighthawk Lane. 
After searching the area, a K-9 unit located Cory Monpas hiding underneath a pickup truck canopy that was propped up behind a shed in the back yard of 550 W N. St. 
Both men were booked at the lane county jail later that night. Enlow faces assault I charges and two counts of robbery I. Monpas was also charged with two counts of robbery I.
UPDATE (9/3/13):  According to a later article, the men had met to carry out a drug deal. The shooting victim's condition has been upgraded.

UPDATE  (4/17/14):  During the trial of the shooter, Enlow, the shooting victim testified about his fight for life, and that it was a drug deal gone bad.  From an article:

The shooting victim testified that he and a friend are both state-registered medical marijuana caregivers who brought approximately $14,000 to Springfield for a meeting with Enlow and another man, who allegedly had agreed to sell them 8 pounds of marijuana.
Prosecutors allege that Enlow shot the Portland man while both were in a vehicle, and that Enlow hadn’t actually brought any marijuana with him to the meeting, intending instead to rob the eventual shooting victim and his friend.
The shooting victim testified that he initially thought Enlow “was bluffing” when he pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and demanded money. The Portland man said he called for help, but that Enlow then “shot me. There was no struggle.”
A bullet entered the victim’s body through his right side, traveled through his chest and pierced his left hand. He testified that after being shot, he got out of the vehicle and ran toward Walmart while struggling to take a breath. “I couldn’t breathe,” he said. “I was dying.”
Medics arrived at the scene a short time later and took him to a hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition. The man testified that he remains in pain from the injuries he suffered eight months ago. The Register-Guard generally does not identify victims of alleged crimes.
Enlow and another man, Corey Lee Michael Monpas, left the parking lot in a car after the shooting. Police arrested Enlow after stopping the vehicle on N Street in Springfield.
Monpas allegedly ran from the car but was taken into custody when officers tracked him down several hours later.
Monpas, a 20-year-old Cottage Grove resident, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to second-degree assault. He admitted to having beaten the shooting victim’s friend with a stun gun during the incident.
The stun-gun assault victim also testified Wednesday, saying that he feared his friend was going to bleed to death outside the Walmart on Olympic Street.
“He was just covered in blood,” said the 21-year-old man, who is a Benton County resident. “I didn’t want to watch my buddy die.”

UPDATE (4/25/14):  Enlow was found not-guilty of attempted murder, but was found guilty of other crimes.  He has received 15 years sentence for those crimes.  From an article:
The shooting victim last week testified that he and a friend are both state-registered medical marijuana caregivers who brought approximately $14,000 to meet with Enlow and another man, who they said agreed to sell them 8 pounds of marijuana. 
Prosecutors argued that Enlow did not intend to sell them marijuana, and instead went to the Walmart parking lot to rob the men. Enlow brought with him a bag full of blankets and pillows, not pot. 
“This case is about two young men who admittedly had no jobs, no money and were interested in getting some,” Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman said during his closing arguments on Tuesday. “That’s the motive for this crime.” 
Prosecutors also argued — and the jury disagreed — that Enlow attempted to kill the man when he allegedly shot him with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. 
Enlow’s attorney, Elizabeth Baker of Eugene, said Enlow and the shooting victim got into a scuffle in the backseat of a car at the Walmart over the weapon when the gun accidently went off and shot the man. Baker alleged that the victim was the one who brought the gun, not Enlow. 
Baker asked the jury during her closing arguments on Tuesday to consider whether prosecutors could actually prove that Enlow wasn’t trying to defend himself in the car. Enlow and the other Cottage Grove man, Corey Lee Michael Monpas, left the parking lot in a car after the shooting.
Monpas, 20, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to second-degree assault. He admitted to having beaten the shooting victim’s friend with a stun gun during the incident.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Security guard shot at Ohio Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 23, 2013.
Scene of Columbus Walmart shooting
(screencap from linked video)

(UPDATED - See below)

A privately-contracted security guard, Gerald Wheeler, was patrolling the parking lot of a Walmart in Columbus, Ohio, when he was approached by a man, 29-year-old Terrance Blake.

Blake then pulled out a handgun and shot Wheeler in the chest, then took off in Wheeler's security truck, lights still flashing.  Police quickly caught up to him and arrested him.

Wheeler is in critical condition.

From an article and news video:
Columbus police say the security guard, Gerald Wheeler, was performing his duties while working at the lot in the 3900 block of Morse Road. 
Around 1:30 a.m. officers say Wheeler, an employee of Securitas Security Services, was approached by 29-year-old Terrance Blake and shot with a .25 caliber pistol. 
Police say that's when Blake stole Wheeler's security vehicle and fled the scene. 
Officers caught up with Blake few miles away on Vindome and Argyle drives.   
Police said Blake was being charged with aggravated robbery and then transported to the Franklin County Jail. 
Investigators say they are looking at surveillance video that may have captured the shooting on camera.  
A branch manager with Securitas said that Wheeler has only been employed with the company for about four months. He is described as a good worker and a great man.
In March of 2012, there was another shooting at a Columbus Walmart (a different Walmart store) that involved a law enforcement officer shooting a shoplifter who tried to run him over.

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UPDATE (4/23/14):  The shooter, Blake, was sentenced to 12 years.  He was a felon, and was high on drugs when he committed the crime.  He doesn't know why he committed the crime.  The victim, Wheeler, was shot in a kidney but recovered.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

One employee shoots another in a Wisconsin Walmart store

Occurred August 14, 2013.
Scene of shooting at Neenah Walmart (source)

(UPDATED -- see below)

An apparent dispute inside a Walmart store in Neenah, Wisconsin, turned into a shooting when one employee, Justine Boyd, pulled out a gun and shot another female employee in the torso, in the liquor department.  The victim is in critical condition.

Currently, a motive is unknown.

From an article and news video:
A shooting at a Walmart store in Neenah, Wisc. has left a 56 year old woman in critical condition. The victim, who has not bee identified, was a cashier at the liquor store.
The tragic incident took place at the liquor section of the store and reports state that the shooter was a fellow employee at Walmart. 
The shooting took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning and the woman was shot in the torso. 
Officers arrived at the scene of the shooting after emergency calls were made shortly after. Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson said, "We're still very concerned for the victim. We're obviously all hoping and praying for the best for her." 
The suspect, Justine Boyd, was arrested at the scene and the handgun was also recovered. Boyd has been booked on a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She was also a cashier at the liquor section.  
Wilkinson told reporters: "We're digging around trying to get that information, but so far, at least, there hasn't been a simple explanation.
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UPDATES (8/23/13):  

According to an article, the shooter, Justine Boyd, has a legal conceal carry permit, though employees of Walmart (not customers) are not allowed to carry in stores.

From an updated article and video from 8/15:
Police said today they think a personal conflict was the motive behind the shooting of a Walmart employee by her co-worker Wednesday. 
The victim, Sharon Goffard, 56, of Neenah, remains in critical condition. She suffered damage to her vital organs and needed blood transfusions that equaled three times the volume of her blood, said Dr. Ray Georgen, medical director of Theda Clark Medical Center Trauma Services, at a news conference at Theda Clark Medical Center. 
Georgen said the tentative plan is to perform additional surgery on Goffard tomorrow.
According to court documents, Boyd was jealous over the victim getting an easier position in the store.  According to an article:
“It appears to be, from all evidence I’ve seen, an isolated incident between these two regarding what looks like a dispute over positions at the Walmart,” said Scott Ceman, Winnebago County deputy district attorney. “There’s evidence that the defendant was upset that the victim got a position in the liquor store, an easier cash register.” 
The victim, Sharon Goffard, 56, of Neenah, was lying behind a counter, soaked in blood and slipping in and out of consciousness when police arrived after the shooting about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, but responded, “Justine, Justine,” when asked who had shot her.
When two Neenah police officers arrested Boyd inside the store, they found she had a cocked and loaded Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun in the right front pocket of her shirt. They also discovered a loaded Taurus Rossi .38 Special revolver in Boyd’s bag, as well as additional ammunition for both guns in the bag and shirt pockets. 
Boyd’s husband told investigators his wife had asked him, “How many times should you shoot someone if you want to take them down,” and he told her, “Two in the chest and one in the head.”
UPDATE (10/28/13):  After two months, the victim, Sharon Goffard, 56, has been released from the hospital.  From an article:
Sharon Goffard, 56, of Neenah, was released from Theda Clark Medical Center, where she was taken following the Aug. 14 shooting that almost killed her. Goffard’s daughter said she is doing great and will continue physical therapy at the hospital. 
Following her discharge, friends hosted a blood drive on Monday at the Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha. .... 
Goffard was shot at close range in the abdomen and nearly bled to death, said Dr. Ray Georgen, director of Theda Clark Medical Center Trauma Services. After she arrived at the hospital, Goffard received transfusions that amounted to more than three times her blood volume.
UPDATE (12/18/13):  The shooter, Boyd, has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, for now.  From an article:
The psychologist indicated that Boyd was likely to be legally competent within a year with psychiatric treatment.“This is just a temporary suspension until they get through whatever treatment and medications they decide she needs to bring her back up to competency,” Deputy District Attorney Scott Ceman said. “And based on what’s in the reports, they’re confident she will be found competent to proceed within the next 12 months.”

Man shot in the head at North Carolina Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 10, 2013.

A fight broke out in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Burlington, North Carolina.  One man pulled out a gun and shot the other man, Shawn Jerrod Mapp, in the head, critically injuring him.  The shooter then fled.

From an article:
According to a press release, at about 1:04 a.m., officers responded to a disturbance in the Garden Road store's parking lot and saw a large crowd dispersing quickly. 
Officers discovered shortly thereafter that a shooting victim from this incident had arrived at Alamance Regional Medical Center for treatment. The victim, Shawn Jerrod Mapp, of Burlington, was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. 
According to witnesses, the shooter was a black man wearing a grey T-shirt. 
Mapp was transported to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill for treatment. His condition was described as non-life threatening. 
There has been no motive established at this point and this incident is currently under investigation.
From another article:
At 1:04 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a disturbance in the store’s parking lot and saw a crowd of approximately 40 to 50 people quickly dispersing. 
Long said people were physically engaged in an altercation before shots were fired. 
According to the police report, one witness reported hearing six shots fired, and another witness told authorities a black male in a gray shirt with a gun got into a dark vehicle. 
The report also indicated witnesses were unsure in which direction the shooter left the scene.

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Man arrested for unlawful use of a gun, which he had a permit for, in Iowa Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 2, 2013.

David Lee Edwards, 46, and Norma Dawn Lashley, 42, were victims of a gangland drive-by shooting at their Des Moines, Iowa, home on August 5.  No one was injured.

Days before, on August 2, they had been in the parking lot of the local Walmart when a fight broke out.  Edwards then retrieved a gun from his car, which he had a permit for, with apparent intent to shoot one of the fighters.  Luckily, police intervened and stopped him, arresting him.

From an article:
Lashley had allegedly been in Wal-Mart with her daughters when she began following one of the other participants in the fight and yelling at him. The fight escalated and moved into the parking lot. At one point Edwards left to retrieve a gun, which he had a permit for, from his car. 
Edwards returned with the gun just as the police officer approached the fray. He complied with the officer’s demands to put down the weapon, officials said. 
Edwards was charged with going armed with intent. Lashley was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
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Gunman steals iPads from Oklahoma City Walmart

Occurred August 6, 2013.

22-year old Korean Washington entered a Walmart superstore in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and, after asking to see an iPad, then took two of them.  When employees approached him, he then pulled a gun.  He fled, and then alledgedly robbed a Target store and Radioshack before being caught.

From an article:
The armed robberies started about 7:15 a.m. at Walmart Superstore, 1225 W Interstate 35 Frontage Road in Edmond, Monroe said. 
The man went to electronics section and asked to see an iPad from the locked case. He took two iPads, and when approached by an employee, pulled a gun and left the store, she said.
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Escaped convict with boxcutter shot by police at construction site of Iowa Walmart

Occurred August 4, 2013.

A convict, Michael Hannum, 52, who had escaped a work-release facility was found at a Walmart construction site, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Police responded, at which point Hannum attacked them with a box cutter.  After a failed attempt to stun him, the officers then shot him twice.  He is now in critical condition.

From an article:
Two police officers encountered Hannum Sunday afternoon at the construction site of a future Wal-Mart after a woman called 911 and reported a man acting suspiciously, bleeding from his hands, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 
Armed with a box cutter, Hannum allegedly refused officers commands and became aggressive. Officer Jason Burleigh shot a stun gun at Hannum but it failed to connect, said DCI Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt. 
When Hannum continued to advance toward the officers, Officer Aaron Gutierrez fired two shots, hitting him in the chest and abdomen, Mortvedt said. 
Hannum was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center where as of Monday afternoon he was listed in critical but stable condition. 
At the time of the incident, the officers did not know Hannum’s identity. 
The blood on Hannum’s hands was from a self-inflicted cut and investigators have no evidence indicating he assaulted anyone else, Mortvedt said.
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Two dead in shooting that started at California Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 2, 2013.
Where the shooting began at Porterville Walmart
(from Google Maps)

Two men died in a shooting that began in the parking lot of a Walmart in Porterville, California.

Multiple shots were fired between two groups in the parking lot.  The battle continued as the groups got into vehicles and drove off through the city, continuing to fire at each other, until one vehicle rammed another and they crashed.

From an article:
According to police, the fatal shoot out began when a man driving a white Lexus SUV came out of Office Max in the shopping center and got into a confrontation with two men in a brown GMC Yukon. Witness told of a horrifying scene where more than 10 shots were fired and then ducking for cover. (See accompanying story). 
The shooting continued as the two victims left in the Yukon, chased by the man in his vehicle. They went west on Henderson Avenue. Witnesses said the two vehicles were ramming each other as they traveled down Henderson, eventually both of them crashing. 
Witnesses also reported hearing gun shots just before the Yukon was rammed and lost control. It ended up straddling the median, facing north, on Henderson right about in front of the Vietnam War memorial and across from the basketball courts at Monache High School. 
“The guy in the white car smacked them and pushed them onto the divider,” said witness John Wilson, who said the sound of gunshots caught his attention. 
Wilson and another witness, Blake Bond, said the Lexus also spun around and the driver quickly got out and ran over to the Yukon and retrieved two backpacks. “He grabbed them and ran to his car,” said Bond. 
It was at that time a Porterville motorcycle officer who was responding to the numerous 9-1-1 calls about the Office Max shooting, caught up to the scene and arrested the Lexus driver at gun point. .... 
The back window, the driver’s side window and the front passenger side window of the Yukon all appeared to have been shot out. Bullet holes were also evident in the windshield of that vehicle, but there did not appear to be any shattered windows on the Lexus. 
Witnesses said no shots were fired once the two vehicles stopped. 
The Yukon had damage on the passenger side and the Lexus on the driver’s side from the ramming. Parts of the vehicles were left along the roadway. Dempsie agreed they had about a quarter of a mile long crime scene and it would take time to sort everything out.
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Man's truck stolen at gunpoint in Texas Walmart parking lot

Occurred August 1, 2013.

A man had his truck stolen at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Walmart in Conroe, Texas.

From an article:
"Just rushed him, stuck a gun in his side, demanded his car keys -- which the victim readily gave -- and then took off in the vehicle," said Sgt. Dorcy Riddle with the Conroe Police Department.
Police say around 9am the suspect held up the man in the parking lot of the Walmart in Conroe. 
The man was not seriously hurt. 
Investigators believe this may be the same man who carjacked someone at a Petsmart parking lot earlier this week.
Only the day before, there was a fatal shooting of a shoplifter by police at a Walmart (the same one?) in Conroe.

And back in February, a man shot himself to death at the pharmacy of a Walmart in Conroe (the same one??).

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Armed robbery by gunman in South Carolina Walmart parking lot

Occurred July 31, 2013.

A Walmart employee in Columbia, South Carolina, was leaving and walking to her car when a man walked up and robbed her at gunpoint of her cell phone, ID, and keys, then the robber fled in a car driven by a 17-year old girl.

Both of the suspects were soon captured and the materials were given back to the owner.

From an article:
Mason Gibbs, 20, and Janae Brabham, 17, have both been placed under arrest and charged with armed robbery.
According to the report, the victim was leaving work around 10:50pm Monday, and was approached by Mason Gibbs, who presented a gun, demanding her cell phone, work ID, and keys.
Gibbs then allegedly fled on foot, and was seen by a Richland County Deputy getting in to a red Volvo, driven by Janae Brabham.
Deputies quickly stopped the vehicle and recovered the victim's stolen items, as well as the gun use during the crime.
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Shoplifter fires gun into floor at Ohio Walmart

Occurred July 31, 2013.

Two men were witnessed shoplifting in a Colerain Township, Ohio, Walmart store.  When loss-prevention staff confronted them, a fight ensued, and one of them pulled out a handgun and shot it into the floor.  

Luckily, no one was injured.  One of the suspects escaped.

From an article:
Mohammad Stewart, 19, is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and complicity to burglary, police said, and warrants have also been signed for G Quan Palmer, 18, on charges of aggravated robbery and burglary.
The charges stem from an incident at the store, 8451 Colerain Ave., on Monday. Around 2:30 p.m., “Mohammad Stewart and G Quan Palmer were observed committing a theft offense,” a news release said.
Loss-prevention officers tried to stop both suspects, and “Palmer produced a handgun. At some point during the struggle, Palmer discharged the weapon into the ground,” the release said. No one was injured.
Colerain Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Unit worked with loss-prevention officers and others to identify Palmer and Stewart as the suspects. Colerain detectives arrested Stewart on Tuesday without incident. “Stewart confessed to the aggravated robbery and also to a burglary that occurred earlier in the month,” a news release said.
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Another policeman shoots and kills a Walmart shoplifter in Texas

Occurred July 31, 2013.
Shoplifter Rios and the scene of the shooting at Conroe Walmart

(UPDATED -- see below)

As with a shooting at a Walmart two days before, a law-enforcement officer shot and killed a shoplifter at a Texas Walmart, this time in Conroe, Texas.

A 19-year old was witnessed shoplifting.  When police arrived, the shoplifter ran, and was pursued into the woods next door.  A fight ensued, and the law enforcement officer shot the shoplifter to death.

From an article:
Just before 7:30, dispatch received a call from loss prevention officers inside of the Wal-Mart located at 1407 North Loop 336 West, Sgt. Dorcy Riddle said. The employees said that they were trying to detain Rios for shoplifting but the he was not cooperating. 
Rios fought with loss prevention and ran, Riddle said. An off-duty CPD officer observed the struggle and gave chase into the adjacent wooded area near the Interstate 45 feeder road. 
The officer continued to pursue Rios into the woods on his own and Rios allegedly began fighting with the officer, Riddle said. The struggle intensified, with Rios allegedly strangling the officer to the point that he believed he was going to pass out. 
The officer fired his weapon and struck Rios, killing him, Riddle said.
(a related page)

In February, another Walmart shooting occurred at Conroe, perhaps at the same store, where a man shot himself to death over marital issues at the pharmacy.

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UPDATE (10/1/13):  The shooter, Officer Jason Blackwelder, has been indicted on one count of manslaughter and for tampering with records in the account of what happened that night.

UPDATE (11/27/13):  Officer Blackwelder has been indicted on manslaughter. The teen was supposedly choking Blackwelder when he was shot, but forensic analysis shows that Rios was shot in the back of the head.  From an article and video:
Conroe police initially said that Rios was fighting with Blackwelder and choking him, which implied self-defense. 
Blackwelder was indicted in September by a Montgomery County grand jury on a charge of manslaughter. 
The suit was filed in federal court in Houston. The family's attorney, Ryan MacLeod of Beaumont, says that a forensic exam shows Rios was shot in the back of the head. 
The suit is asking for unspecified damages. But most of all, the attorney says, the Rios family wants answers about the teenager's death. Rios had just gotten a part-time job as a bank teller and was a student at Lone Star College.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Off duty officer shoots and kills Walmart shoplifter in Texas

Occurred July 28, 2013.
Scene of fatal shooting at Garland Walmart (source)

An off-duty police officer, working security, caught a shoplifter, in a Garland, Texas, Walmart.  The shoplifter ran, but after the officer tasered him, attacked the officer with a crowbar, at which point the officer fired a shot and hit the shoplifter in the chest, killing him.

From an article:

[Police spokesman] Harn said the man ran outside after the officer attempted to stop him on his way out through the outdoor living section’s sliding doors just before 4 p.m. 
The officer used his Taser on the man, but it appeared to have no effect. 
Harn said the man then came at the officer with a crowbar, one of the items police accused him of stealing from the store. 
After the man returned to the store through the sliding doors, the officer fired one shot, hitting him in the chest, Harn said. The officer had warned him to stop, police said. 
He was taken to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, where he died shortly after 8:20 p.m. 
Harn said the identity of the man will be released after his family is notified of his death.
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18-year old fires gun in California Walmart parking lot

Occurred July 27, 2013.
Scene of shooting in Chula Vista Walmart parking lot

An 18-year old young man fired a gun into the air in the parking lot of a Chula Vista, California, Walmart.

From an article:
An 18-year-old man allegedly pointed a gun into the air and fired, but didn’t shoot at anyone. 
Officials say the suspect then fled the scene in a white PT Cruiser that had paper plates. 
Officials say the car was also occupied by another man and possibly two women. 
No one was injured, but the Chula Vista Police Department is now searching for the suspect.

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