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

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.”