Gunman at a Mississippi Walmart Kills Two, Injures Two Others
SOUTHAVEN, MS – According to an online news report at scnow.com, a gunman who was described as a disgruntled employee fatally killed two Walmart employees and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested this week in northern Mississippi, per local authorities.*
A 39-year-old man shot an officer from the Southaven Police who was protected by a bulletproof vest and sustained minor injuries. Another officer shot the suspect, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment in Memphis, Tennessee. Both individuals who were killed were Walmart employees. According to witnesses, the first shot was in the parking lot of the store and another occurred within the store.
The mayor of Southaven noted that the suspect is a disgruntled employee who had a grievance with Walmart. The man was recently suspended from the store after he showed up to work with a knife that he showed to a co-worker. A police report was filed, but it did not appear that the suspect was intending to hurt anyone with the knife, and criminal charges were not pursued.
"It wasn't an accident," said one employee of the store. "[The suspect] knew what he was doing when he came in there." This employee notes that he saw the body of the manager of the store on the floor as they ran out due to shots being fired. The manager, a 40-year-old man, died as a result of being shot.
One of the employees notes that the other worker who was killed was his brother, a 38-year-old man from Hernando, Mississippi. The brother notes that the man was his best friend and an “all around good guy.” He notes further that the deceased was the father of several children.
There are no further details on the incident at this time. It remains under investigation by the local police.
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