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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Judge orders Walmart to let NYC church challenge gun sales

November 2014.

(UPDATED -- See below)

Walmart doesn't like to advertise that they sell semi-auto assault rifles -- lethal weapons designed for only one purpose: to kill large numbers of humans as quickly as possible.

They don't even want to advertise it to their stockholders.  In fact, they have resisted calls to bring the issue to a vote at stockholder meetings.

Now a federal judge has ruled that they have to bring up the issue at their next stockholder meeting.  This was brought up last April by a New York church which is also a major stockholder of the company.

Perhaps many stockholders are unaware that Walmart currently sells five different models of assault rifles?

Or that assault rifles have been stolen, sometimes in large numbers, from Walmart stores, or used in crimes at their stores?  See HERE for plenty of examples.  There was a report this week, in fact, of an AR-15 rifle stolen right out of the display case, which a man stuffed into his clothes and walked out of the store with, unhindered.  HERE's a case from this year where nine assault rifles were stolen.  HERE's another from this year where six were stolen.

Over 122,000 people have signed a petition urging Walmart to stop sales of assault rifles.

Walmart already bans a lot of different products it considers "harmful," including CDs, books, the morning after pill, and even a pregnant Barbie doll.  So why then does it continue to sell weapons designed to kill people?

From an article:

U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the world's largest retailer wrongly excluded such a proposal from Trinity Church, a historic Wall Street church, from its June 6 annual meeting.
Stark also granted Trinity an injunction preventing Wal-Mart from excluding the proposal from proxy materials for its 2015 annual meeting, saying a vote would serve the public interest.
The proposal would require the governance committee of Wal-Mart's board to more closely examine the sale of products that might endanger public safety, hurt Wal-Mart's reputation, or offend "family and community values" integral to the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company's brand.
Trinity said these products might include guns with clips holding more than 10 rounds, a type it said "enabled" mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado; or music that depicts sex or violence. It said Wal-Mart already limits sales of such music.

The April 1 lawsuit was filed two weeks after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a "no action" letter signaling it would not punish Wal-Mart for excluding the proposal.
Stark said that while it was too late to do anything about the 2014 annual meeting, the SEC letter did not end the matter. He went on to reject Wal-Mart's argument that Trinity's proposal was too vague, potentially covering a broad swath of products. 
"The proposal does not dictate any particular outcome or micro-manage Wal-Mart's day-to-day business," Stark wrote. 
Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the retailer may appeal the decision.

UPDATE (12/9/14):  Read a statement from the plaintiff, Trinity Church, HERE.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

TV shoplifters threaten Walmart employee with gun in Indiana

Occurred November 27, 2014.

Two men were seen stealing a TV from a Walmart store in Indianapolis, Indiana.  When a door greeter confronted the men, they pulled a gun on him and threatened him with it before fleeing.

From an article:
According to police, two men skipped the cash register and walked out with an $800 television. When confronted by the Wal-Mart greeters, one of the suspects pulled out a gun. The two men then made a dash to a dark-colored SUV.
Wal-Mart released photos of the suspects.
Many shoppers had no knowledge of the armed robbery inside the store as they did their last minute Thanksgiving day shopping.

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AR-15 assault rifle and ammo stolen from North Carolina Walmart

Occurred November 25, 2014.

A man walked into a Walmart store in Asheville, North Carolina, broke into a display case, and stole an AR-15 assault rifle and 150 rounds of ammo, stuffed it in his clothing, and calmly walked out with them.

From an article:
City police are asking for help finding a suspect who stole an assault-style rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition from Walmart on Airport Road.
The thief broke into a locked gun cabinet in the sporting goods section of the store about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick said.
Video surveillance shows the man stealing an AR-15 rifle, then "stuffing the rifle down his pants and exiting the store," Romick said.
The suspect is described as white and 30-35 years old. He is believed to be 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and 150 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a white and blue baseball cap, white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black jacket. The suspect may be traveling in a white, newer model, four-door sedan.
The rifle and ammo were valued at $920, according to a police report.
An additional news article and video.

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Police open fire on Walmart shoplifter who dragged officer with truck in New York

Occurred November 22, 2014.
Scene of officer-involved shooting at Amherst Walmart (source)

Ronald Kerling, 33, was caught shoplifting in a Walmart store in Amherst, New York.

Police showed up and confronted Kerling, with an officer attempting to catch Kerling in the man's pick-up truck, when Kerling drove off, dragging the officer along.  The officer's partner then opened fire on Kerling.

The first officer managed to extract himself, and Kerling fled.  He was later arrested at his home.

Kerling was not hit by gunfire.  The first officer was injured, as was another responding officer when he was hit by another patrol car.

From an article:
The suspect was able to get into the pick-up truck and drive off, while the officer was holding onto his steering wheel. The pick-up dragged him some distance, police say.
The other officer, fearing that his partner's life was in danger, started firing at the vehicle.
The officer being dragged by the pick-up managed to disentangle himself and the suspect sped off.
While all this was going on, another Amherst police officer on foot was hit by a patrol car arriving at the scene to assist in the arrest. He was seriously injured.
Later in the night, acting on tips they received from the public, police arrested the suspect. Ronald Kerling, 33, of Buffalo, has an extensive criminal history, police say, and he was on parole for a felony conviction in another jurisdiction when he allegedly tried robbing the Walmart.
Both the officer who was dragged by the truck and Officer Corey Brown, who was struck by the patrol car, were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Brown's condition is unknown at this time, but his injuries are serious. The other officer was treated and released. Brown was off-duty at the time of the robbery but answered the call anyway.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Shoplifters threaten Walmart store employees with gun in Oklahoma

Occurred November 19, 2014.
Scene of armed shoplifting at Tulsa Walmart (screenshot source)

Two suspects were seen shoplifting in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Walmart.  When store employees confronted the men, one of the suspects threatened them with a handgun.  The suspects then fled in a getaway vehicle driven by a third person.  The car was later recovered and had been reported stolen two months before.

No shots were fired.

From an article:
The suspects were approached by employees who suspect the couple was shoplifting.
Police say that's when the man pulled back his jacket and flashed a gun.
A third person picked the suspects up in a Chevy Avalanche and headed north on Memorial.
Police say that car was reported stolen in Tulsa about two months ago.
Previous gun crimes in the last two years at Tulsa Walmart stores include a drug deal earlier this year where three people were shot and a robbery in 2013.

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Shots illegally fired by conceal carry permit holder during fight at Pennsylvania Walmart

Occurred November 16, 2014.

Two men, Joseff Baskerville, 23, and another man known as T.B. got into a fight in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  That's when Baskerville pulled out a Glock handgun and fired into the air.  T.B. fled, and Baskerville was arrested.

From an article:
Police responded to a report of two males shooting at each other in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in the Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace on Highland Park Boulevard and detained two men near the Cracker Barrel restaurant.

One male, identified as Joseff Baskerville, 23, of Wilkes-Barre, reported that a male known to him only as T.B. had struck him in the head with his fist, police said.

Baskerville at that time drew his weapon, a Glock 27 .40-caliber pistol, and fired rounds into the air as a warning; the unknown male fled the area, police said.

Police recovered the weapon from Baskerville and determined that he possessed a valid concealed weapons permit issued through the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department. ...
Police determined that Rivers had an outstanding arrest warrant from the state of New Jersey. He was taken into custody, charged as a fugitive from justice and was arraigned before District Judge Martin Kane, and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Man threatens Walmart workers with gun in Canadian Walmart

Occurred November 5, 2014.

31-year-old Brian Robert Blais was involved in a car crash near a Walmart store in Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.  Blais then fled the vehicle, entered the Walmart store, then exited again through an alarmed door.  When he was confronted by Walmart employees, Blais pulled a handgun and threatened them with it before fleeing.

The car he crashed had been reported stolen.

From an article:
On the afternoon of November 5, a collision occurred at the intersection of 130 Ave. and 48 St. S.E. The lone occupant of one of the vehicles, removed two bags from the vehicle, and fled the crash scene on foot.
The male suspect entered a nearby Walmart location and attempted to leave the building through an alarmed exit. An alarm sounded and three of the store’s employees confronted the man.
According to police, the suspect pulled what appeared to be a handgun out of one of the bag’s and pointed it at the Walmart staff members and a witness. The man left the building on foot.
Police have determined the vacated vehicle had been stolen.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Brian Robert Blais of Calgary.
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Woman robbed in Texas Walmart parking lot by gunman

Occurred November 13, 2014.
Scene of armed robbery at Katy Walmart (screencap source)

Ruben Vela, 25, and his 17-year old girlfriend, Kimberly Martinez, are implicated in a string of armed robberies, holding up women at gunpoint.  One of those robberies occurred in the parking lot of the Walmart store in Katy, Texas.

They have now been captured and are awaiting trial.

From an article:
Harris County Sherriff's Office detectives are also connecting Vela to five other armed robberies. That includes one that happened at the Walmart at Fry Road and I-10 on Thursday around 9 a.m.
"He clicked the gun and pointed it at me like that and said, I'm going to take your purse," said Bina Vora. "The scariest thing I have ever felt in my life."
Bina Vora was putting groceries in her trunk when the gunman crept up from behind.
"I just froze basically when he pointed the gun at me," said Vora.
Vora says the gunman got away with approximately $250 in cash. She also says her debit card was used about 15 minutes after the robbery.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shoplifters threaten Texas Walmart employee with gun

Occurred November 13, 2014.

A man and woman were observed shoplifting items in a Texarkana, Texas, Walmart store.  When a store employee confronted them, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and threatened the employee.  The pair then fled, driving away.

From an article:
The incident happened around 3:45 a.m. at the Walmart in the 4000 block of New Boston Road. Police say a woman attempted to walk out of the store without paying for multiple items in her possession. As an employee confronted her to retrieve the stolen items, a man pulled out a gun. The two then fled the scene in a white car.
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Police shoot to death sword-wielding man on edge of Utah Walmart parking lot

Occurred September 10, 2014.

(UPDATED -- See below)

22-year old Darrien Hunt was seen carrying a sword in Saratoga Springs, Utah, generating calls to the police by people who witnessed him.  Two police officers then approached Hunt once he got next to the Walmart parking lot, and Hunt asked for a ride to the town of Orem.

An officer agreed, but told him to hand over the sword.  Hunt then allegedly became upset and unsheathed the sword.  When the officer pulled his gun, Hunt then ran into the edge of the Walmart parking lot, at which point the two officers shot him six times, killing him.

The officers claimed they shot him in the back to protect people in the Walmart parking lot from Hunt.

The katana-style sword turned out to be an unsharpened fake.

From an article:
The incident began on the morning of Sept. 10, when Cpl. Matt Schauerhamer responded to emergency calls about a man with a sword. He found Hunt, who said he needed a ride to Orem, according to the affidavit. Schauerhamer offered him a ride if Hunt would put down his sword; Hunt refused to, the affidavit says.

“After Corporal Schauerhamer told Mr. Hunt he couldn’t have the sword with him while riding in the back of his police car, Mr. Hunt pulled out the sword and moved toward the Corporal Schauerhamer swinging it,” the affidavit says. “Corporal Schauerhamer drew his firearm and started firing at Mr. Hunt.”

Two witnesses nearby also reported seeing a man swing his sword toward an officer before hearing gunfire. One witness said he heard a "bunch of shots,” before Hunt ran, the officers pursued him and three more shots rang out.

“Corporal Schauerhamer knew he had to stop Mr. Hunt before he was able to hurt or kill someone,” the affidavit reads. “Corporal Schauerhamer said he knew he needed to stop Mr. Hunt before Mr. Hunt could make it to the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Corporal Schauerhamer fired 3 shots at Mr. Hunt on the north side of Panda Express. Mr. Hunt dropped the sword sheath and fell to the ground. The sword came out of Mr. Hunt’s right hand and slid along the ground several feet from where Mr. Hunt fell.”

Darrien Hunt’s family’s attorney, Bob Sykes, said there is no evidence that Hunt was close to any potential victims or that he posed a threat to those at Walmart.

“Certainly the officers were not in danger… The two of them, they’re armed, they’ve already fired shots, they’ve hit him. So they’re not in immediate danger,” Sykes said. “What about the public? There’s no indication that the public was in immediate danger. Therefore, this deadly force was improper.”

Sykes said Schauerhamer and Officer Nick Judson chased Hunt, and Schauerhamer a fatal shot that they didn't need to shoot.
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UPDATE (12/6/14):  According to an article, Darrien Hunt was shot six times in the back by the officers.  No charges are being brought against the officers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Man armed with hammers shot by off-duty secret service agent at North Virginia Walmart

Occurred November 6, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Woodbridge Walmart (screenshot source)

Customers were shopping in a Walmart store in Woodbridge, North Virginia, when they heard glass breaking and panicked.  A man, 21-year-old Mohamed Sankoh, armed with two hammers, was smashing through jewelry cases to steal the jewelry, then fled the store.

An off-duty secret service agent followed the suspect into the parking lot.  A conflict ensued, and the secret service agent shot the suspect, wounding him.

From an article and news video:
According to Prince William County Police, 21-year-old Mohamed Sankoh of Fayetteville, North Carolina broke the glass display cases of the store's jewelry counter using two  hammers, then fled the scene.
Customers and employees described the scene as "chaotic" as they took cover. ....
An off-duty Secret Service officer followed Sankoh outside the store and into the parking lot. Police say the Sankoh ignored commands by the off-duty officer, and was then shot.
Sankoh was transported to a local hospital and as of Friday, remained in stable condition. He's due in court Dec. 1.
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Man shot and killed by transient at a Colorado Walmart

Occurred October 27, 2014.
Scene of fatal shooting at Aurora Walmart (source)

A 61-year old man was gunned down in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Aurora, Colorado.

A transient, Daniel Fougner, 54, has been arrested for the shooting.

The victim has been identified as 60-year-old Robert Goldsberry.

From an article:
Arapahoe County Deputies have arrested a transient in the shooting death of a man in a Walmart parking lot Monday night.
The 61-year-old victim was shot multiple times in the parking lot on South Parker Road.
On Monday night, deputies said they were questioning a person of interest in the shooting.
Tuesday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said deputies had arrested transient Daniel Fougner, 54, on suspicion of murder in the first degree.
Fougner is being held without bond.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Robbers fire at couple and young son at Tennessee Walmart

Occurred October 11, 2014.

A couple and their young son were going back to their car in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Upon reaching their car, two men drove up, blocking them in, and waved a gun at them, then robbed them.  As the men fled, one of them fired at the family and hit their car.

From an article:
Surveillance footage shows a mother, father and their young son entering their car when the suspects in another car blocked them in. The suspects then robbed them at gunpoint.
Witnesses said as the suspects were running away, they fired shots at the family's car.
Police believe the suspects never entered the store and may have been waiting for a target.
A related article with pictures of the suspects' car.

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Man robbed at gunpoint for game system in Oklahoma Walmart parking lot; shot fired

Occurred October 22, 2014.

A man arranged to meet a couple in the parking lot of an Oklahoma City Walmart in order to sell a game system, as arranged on Craigslist.  But the man in the couple pulled an assault weapon and woman robbed the victim of his game system, instead.

The two men fought, and the gun dropped, firing a round.

The couple made off with the game system and gun, and the victim fled to his car where his child was waiting.

From an article:
A man told police he was robbed in a Walmart parking lot when he tried to sell a Playstation 4 game console in a Craigslist transaction.
About 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, police were sent to 6100 W Reno Ave. in reference to a reported armed robbery.
Jessie Wiley told police he was in the parking lot to meet with a man and a woman to sell them a Playstation 4.
As Wiley was taking the Playstation out of his vehicle, the man approached him with a gun described as a black Tec 9 or Uzi, the police report states.
Wiley told police the man told him to put the Playstation 4 in the trunk of his car, but Wiley refused.
The man ran up to Wiley and struck him on the back of his head, the police report states.
Wiley started wrestling with the man, the police report states.
He said the man dropped the gun, and it fired one round.
Wiley was not sure what direction the firearm was facing when the round went off, according to the police report.
Wiley said he started punching the man in the face.
The woman grabbed the Playstation 4 and loaded it in the trunk of her vehicle, Wiley told police.
She picked up the gun, and Wiley said he started gouging the man’s left eye with his thumb.
Wiley released the man and returned to his vehicle because he had a small child with him, the report states.
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Indiana man robs Walmart shoppers at gunpoint

Occurred February 6, 2014.

Two men needed a ride at a Walmart Supercenter in Pekin, Indiana, and approached Seanquarius "Mud" Ewing for a ride.  He accepted, walked them to his car, and then pulled out a gun, robbing the two men of their money.  He let the victims go without harming them, then walked into the Walmart again.

When he came out, the police, who had been alerted by the victims, arrested Ewing.

From an article:
The two men Ewing robbed Feb. 6 in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in East Peoria knew him by his nickname, “Mud.” They trusted him enough to accept his offer of a ride home after they left the store.
The three walked to Ewing’s sports utility vehicle, where the victims accepted his invitation to sit in the back while he climbed into the front passenger seat, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. The men then chatted for a minute before Ewing opened the glove compartment.
He pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the men’s faces and said, “Give me everything,” the affidavit stated. One man handed over about $250 and the other gave him a $20 bill, the affidavit stated.
Ewing checked their pockets for anything they were holding back, put the handgun back in the glove box, got out and opened the vehicle’s rear door to let the men leave unharmed, but with a warning that he would “shoot up their house” if they reported the crime to police.
That didn’t frighten the victims enough to stop them from walking to a nearby gas station, where they summoned the law, the affidavit stated.
Officers arrived quickly to find Ewing’s SUV still parked in the lot.
Ewing, they learned, had gone back into the store.
More officers arrived to establish a perimeter around the store and waited for Ewing to emerge. They closed in quickly when he left and re-entered his vehicle, again on the passenger side, the affidavit stated.
The officers recovered the handgun in the glove box and found $262 in cash on the seat next to Ewing. When questioned, he acknowledged the weapon was his and that he had used it to rob the two men, the affidavit stated.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Two men steal rifles in Christmas tree box at Kentucky Walmart store

Occurred October 11, 2014.

Two men entered a Walmart store in Frankfort, Kentucky, removed an artificial Christmas tree from its box, then hid three muzzleloader rifles in the box.  They then brazenly paid for what the clerk thought was the tree, then they walked out with it, despite an alarm going off and having to show a receipt.

From an article:
Surveillance video allegedly shows the two remove an artificial Christmas tree from its box and then fill the box with three muzzleloader rifles that they took from a security case, Warfel said.
The two then separated and one of the men allegedly used a U-Scan station to pay $25 in cash for the tree.
Warfel said the store’s security alarm sounded as he left the store but he showed an employee the receipt for the Christmas tree in his cart and was allowed to leave.
The other man left the store a few minutes later.
The total value for the stolen guns is about $670.
HERE is surveillance video.

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Washington man uses Walmart to reload assault weapons during shooting spree of police stations

Occurred October 15, 2014.

A man in Washington state, Hans Hansen, decided he didn't want to live anymore due to hard times, so he went on a shooting spree, firing at police department buildings in Granite Falls and Lake Stevens and firing at a Marysville police officer, before being wounded and stopped.

He used a variety of handguns and rifles, including two semi-auto assault rifles (an AK-47 and AR-15).

Along the way, he stopped to reload and rearm with ammunition at a local Walmart, which conveniently sells the ammo (and weapons).

From an article (bolding added):
Hansen allegedly explained to detectives that his cabinet business had failed, and he'd been evicted from the industrial park in the 17100 block of Mountain Loop Highway in Granite Falls. He said he has a vascular disease and one of his legs must be amputated soon. Hansen also said he expected to lose his house in January because he hasn't been able to pay the mortgage.
He said an argument with his wife also triggered the gunfire spree. She had sent him an upsetting text message earlier in the day. Hansen told detectives he starting drinking.
Hansen thought about firing on police when they came to evict him.
However, he decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be so he could fire at cars and buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed," sheriff's detective Tedd Betts wrote.
Hansen loaded up his pickup with two AK-47 rifles, one AR-15 rifle, two .22-caliber rifles, one .300-caliber Winston short magnum rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun. He admitted to firing multiple rounds into a building at the industrial park in Granite Falls.
He reloaded and drove to the Granite Falls Police Department. There he shot up an unoccupied patrol car. He also targeted empty patrol cars at the Lake Stevens Police Department. Bullets hit the station, too.
He stopped at Marysville Walmart on Highway 9 to reload. He said he was headed to the Marysville Police Department when he spotted a patrol car. Hansen said he turned into a residential area, and police followed him.
Hansen decided to fire on police, using his AK-47 and AR-15. One of the rifles was loaded with steel-core ammunition, which he told detectives he knew could penetrate vehicles, brick walls and telephone poles, Betts wrote.
Police say Hansen shot six police vehicles in all.
Hansen reportedly told detectives that he had planned to shoot up the Marysville department and then move on to the Navy Support Complex in Marysville. He figured that military personnel would kill him if police were not successful.
The Granite Falls father is facing multiple counts of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.
Walmart continues to sell assault rifles and ammo for them, despite numerous cases where they have been stolen, sometimes in large quantities, from Walmart stores, or used in attacks on Walmart properties.

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Shoplifters open fire when confronted in a California Walmart

Occurred October 5, 2014.
Scene of shooting at San Leandro Walmart (source)

Two men, Oscar Cruz, 39, and Edward Lovato, 18, were observed shoplifting in a Walmart in San Leandro, California, and fleeing the store.  Walmart security personnel pursued the two men, caught them, and were escorting them back inside when Cruz pulled out a handgun and opened fire.  No one was hit.

Police arrived just as Cruz opened fire and took him into custody.

From an article:
When the men exited the store, the guards confronted them and asked them to return inside to be cited. As they walked back in, the 39-year-old suspect, who police said is a felon, tried to escape.

The guards then grabbed the men in an attempt to arrest them, and a scuffle ensued inside the front entrance of the store.
During the confrontation, McManus said, the 39-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting. Police have not released the number of shots fired.

McManus said customers and at least 10 employees were at the front of the store when the shots were fired. "It got violent very quickly," he said. "We are lucky that no one inside the store was hit with gunfire."
Officers later located the suspects' vehicle in the parking lot, and a search turned up a loaded, high-caliber handgun inside. Detectives were investigating whether either of the firearms were reported stolen.
The injured suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday under police guard. Both men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted robbery and for various firearm-related charges.

Both men have a criminal history.  From another article:

Cruz, who is on probation after a domestic violence conviction, suffered injuries during the struggle with loss prevention officers and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Officers found a loaded, high-caliber handgun inside a car parked outside the store belonging to the suspects, police said.
Last Thursday, Lovato has been spotted driving a stolen car near his home, police said. He gave up, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property and was released from jail with a future court date.

San Leandro had another Walmart shooting back in 2011, on "Black Friday," when a man was shot in the neck during a robbery.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Officer shot by shoplifter inside Alabama Walmart

Occurred October 5, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Montgomery Walmart (source)

Matthew Lawrencereno Wright, 31, was caught shoplifting in a Walmart in Montgomery, Alabama.  Police officers responded and confronted Wright in the store.

When Wright refused to obey verbal commands, Officer Robert Hubbard shot Wright with a taser, but the taser didn't work.  Wright then shot the officer in the neck and arm and fled the store.  He then carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot.

The officer is recovering.

Wright was eventually arrested in Louisiana after a car chase, another carjacking, and getting shot by police.

From an article:
Wal-Mart security personnel notified Montgomery police of a man observed stealing merchandise from the store at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Earnhardt said.
Store personnel didn't approach the suspect, she said. Officer Hubbard responded to the Wal-Mart seven minutes from receiving the call.
"The officer had given him verbal commands," Earnhardt said. "He confronted (Wright) in the store and attempted to take him into custody when the suspect took out a gun and fired."
Hubbard deployed his Taser in an attempt to subdue Wright with no success, she said.
"The investigation indicates that (Wright's) clothing was layered so it didn't penetrate," Earnhardt said.
Police haven't released where in the store the shooting took place.
Earnhart said Hubbard was shot twice, but she didn't know if other gunshots were discharged in the store.
No store employees or customers were injured, she said.
Additional details in another article explain the dramatic capture and shooting of the suspect.
HERE is an article describing events from the viewpoint of the carjacking victim.

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Man threatens to shoot bystanders in New Mexico Walmart parking lot, then kidnaps woman at gunpoint

Occurred September 20, 2014.

21-year old Jaycee Yazzie got into an argument with his girlfriend in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  When she refused to leave with him, Yazzie then pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at a couple bystanders, threatening to kill them.  She agreed to leave, and then the two of them left without Yazzie firing any shots.  Yazzie, himself, called police during the incident, giving his name and telling them he would shoot people.  One of the people he threatened also called 911.

The woman was not harmed.  Yazzie was later arrested.

From an article:
On Sept. 20, Rio Rancho police responded to a call about the man who told Albuquerque dispatchers he had an AK47 and would start shooting people if officers didn’t respond immediately, according to Rio Rancho Police spokesman Lt. Paul Rogers.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Sandoval County Magistrate Court, Yazzie gave his name during the call.
He fled before officers arrived and witnesses were not able to provide enough information for police to take immediate action, Rogers said, but Rio Rancho Police detectives investigated.
Shortly after officers locked down Walmart due to the threat, a woman called 911 and said a man had pointed a gun at her and her boyfriend in the store parking lot, according to the criminal complaint. The couple told police in later interviews that a man matching Yazzie’s description pointed a handgun at them and threatened to shoot them if a woman he seemed to know didn’t go with him.
The witnesses said the woman agreed to go, and she and the suspect drove away, according to the complaint.
Detectives located the owner of the cell phone used to make the 911 call threatening to shoot people, and an investigator spoke with her Sept. 22. The owner, a woman about 50, said she and Yazzie had been dating for about a year, according to the complaint.
After some resistance, she told officers she and Yazzie had gotten into an argument in the Walmart parking lot and he threatened to hurt a couple walking by if she didn’t leave with him, according to the complaint. She told the detective she was afraid and didn’t want to go, but agreed to after he threatened the other couple.
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Masked gunman robs Walmart gas station in New Orleans

Occurred October 3, 2014.

A masked man with a revolver held up a Walmart gas station in New Orleans, Louisiana.

From an article:
The incident occurred around 8:25 a.m. at the gas station located at 3921 Behrman Highway when a man entered the story with a silver revolver.
He fled in a black Nissan Murano or Rouge toward Jefferson Parish with an undetermined amount of money, cartons of cigarettes and sex enhancement pills.
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Walmart customer robbed at gunpoint in Florida

Occurred October 2, 2014.

A man with a gun held up a Walmart customer in a store parking lot in Lehigh Acres, Florida.  The gunman then fled.

From an article:
Police say the victim was approached by an unknown man while loading groceries into his car in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 2523 Lee Blvd.

The victim says the man flashed a semi-automatic pistol while demanding money. The victim gave the man his wallet and says the suspect quickly looked through it before tossing it back.

According to the victim, the suspect then got into his car and drove out of the parking lot turning onto Lee Blvd.

The wallet had been empty.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Marijuana heist in Washington Walmart parking lot turns into defensive shooting

Occurred October 1, 2014.

A man met with two other men in the parking lot of a Walmart store on the Tulalip Indian Reservation near Marysville, Washington, to sell medical marijuana, as he had arranged via Craigslist.  That's when one of the other men pulled out a gun to try to rob the seller, hit him in the face with the gun, and shot out a window.  The seller then pulled out his own gun and fired, hitting one of the attackers, wounding him in the shoulder.

The shooter later reported the shooting to the police.  The suspects were captured, including the wounded one at a hospital.

From an article:
[The seller] said the men hit him in the face with a handgun and shot out his front passenger-side window. He fired back with his own gun, and said his actions were self-defense, according to court records. ...

The Tulalip man told detectives that he sells medical marijuana and had taken out an ad on Craigs-list. He agreed to meet with the men Wednesday night.

After the shooting, the Tulalip man drove home to tell his wife what happened. They then went to the Washington State Patrol headquarters west of Marysville to report the shooting. The case was turned over to Tulalip Tribal Police who asked for assistance from the sheriff's office Major Crimes Unit.

At the hospital, the injured suspect told detectives he was shot at a party in Everett. When asked if he had been in the Tulalip supermarket parking lot earlier that evening, he allegedly became uncooperative.

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Argument leads to shooting at Alaska Walmart

Occurred September 8, 2014.

An argument broke out between two men, Nicholas Guarnere and Darry Flyum, in a travel trailer parked in a Walmart parking lot in Kenai, Alaska.  The argument turned into a fight, with Flyum pulling out a pistol, hitting Guarnere with it, then firing the gun, grazing Guarnere's head.  Flyum was already a felon.

From an article:
Kenai police say on the evening of Sept. 8 the, department received a report of a male possibly having a grazing gunshot wound. The male, Nicholas Guarnere, reported he had an altercation with a man named Darry on the early morning hours of Sept. 6. in a travel trailer parked on the south side of Walmart in Kenai. Guarnere told police Darry was a guest in his trailer, that the two had an argument that turned physical, with Darry striking him on the head with a pistol and then pointing the pistol at Guarnere’s head. Guarnere said he attempted to maneuver away from the gun while pushing the gun away and the gun fired with the bullet grazing his head. Guarnere received medical treatment for injuries.
Kenai police identified Darry as Flyum.
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Deputy shoots and kills gunman in Washington Walmart parking lot

Occurred September 30, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Puyallup Walmart (source)

A deputy responded to a report of an armed man in a pickup in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Puyallup, Washington.  A shootout occurred, and the man was killed.

From an article and news video:
Pierce County deputies say witnesses called to report a man with a gun inside a pickup truck.
When deputies arrived, the man allegedly fired one shot. It wasn't immediately clear which direction the man fired. Deputies fired back.
The man was killed, although it's not immediately clear if he was hit by deputies or if he shot himself.
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Man robs Walmart store at gunpoint in Florida

Occurred September 29, 2014.
Scene of armed robbery at Orlando Walmart (source)

A gunman robbed an Orlando, Florida, Walmart Neighborhood Market and made off with cash.

From an article:

Investigators said a man walked in and demanded money at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Semoran Boulevard and Pershing Avenue just before 12 a.m. Monday.
The culprit, who was armed with a gun, stole cash from the store and then fled on foot, police said.
There were no injuries or shots fired in the robbery.
An additional article and news video.

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Tennessee Walmart security guard shoots man for shoplifting beer and dog food.

Occurred September 25, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Nashville Walmart (screenpic source)

A 21-year old man, DeMarko Peoples, was seen stealing a beer and dog food from a Walmart store in Nashville, Tennessee. 

A security guard,  59-year-old Michael Williams, pulled his handgun and chased Peoples to his car.  As Peoples pulled out of the parking lot, Williams discharged his gun through the car window, hitting Peoples in the back.  Other passengers were not injured.  Peoples was admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

The security guard claims the shooting was by "accident."

From an article:

DeMarko Peoples, 21, allegedly went into the Walmart at 1220 Gallatin Pike just before midnight, grabbed a case beer and a bag of dog food, and left the store without paying.
A female security guard inside the store yelled for Peoples to stop. Peoples ran to his vehicle, where a second security guard, 59-year-old Michael Williams, reportedly told him to exit the vehicle.
Williams told detectives that Peoples put the car in drive and he stepped away from the vehicle in order to avoid being hit.
As Peoples' car was exiting the parking space, Williams' gun discharged, shattering the rear driver's side window.
Peoples drove a few blocks before telling his passenger he had been shot. The passenger then drove Peoples to Skyline Medical Center. He was listed in critical but stable condition Friday.
Peoples' family hired attorney Paul Moser.
"They're angry," Moser said. "How would anyone feel if their son was shot?"
Police are investigating whether the security guard was justified in using his weapon.
The security guard told police it was an accidental discharge. He said he didn't remember firing the weapon into the car and that he didn't mean to.
"In this case, this guy is wanted for shoplifting," Moser said. "He's leaving. There's no threat. There is no threat of death, there is no threat of bodily injury, so it wouldn't be appropriate to discharge your firearm."
Police have not said if the security guard will be facing charges.
Police added this started in the backyard of a home on Jones Avenue with a dog thief.
Peoples was allegedly getting dog food for pit bull puppies that another man had stolen from an East Nashville home at gunpoint.
At least three other shootings have taken place at Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Nashville so far this year (see HERE, HERE, and HERE).

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Drunk man threatens to shoot people inside Indiana Walmart

Occurred September 20, 2014.

A drunk man attempted to purchase a gun inside a Walmart in Portage Township, Indiana.  When he was refused, he threatened to shoot employees at the bank in the store. 

The man was not arrested.  He was banned from the premises and was driven home by a sober friend.

From an article:
According to the report, an employee said she was told two men entered the store and threatened to shoot people inside because they were unable to purchase a gun.
After speaking with an employee, the report states the two men tried to start a bank account at the store. The manager told officers the man trying to open the account was highly intoxicated and struggled to keep his head up.
The report stated the man became enraged and the bank manager asked him to leave. He told police he was unaware of the threat to shoot people in the store.
The man signed a form banning him from entering Walmart.
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