Gunman Shoots 4 at Walmart, Law Firm

All are suspected to survive; suspect is in custody

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 21, 2013 2:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – A man armed with a shotgun shot one person outside a North Carolina law firm today, darted across a busy street, and wounded three others outside a Walmart before officers subdued him, police said. Officers confronted the man outside the store and caught up with him behind a nearby Toys "R" Us. He fired at them and they shot multiple rounds back, hitting the gunman, said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden. The suspect was expected to survive as well as the four others he is accused of shooting.

The gunman's first target was seated in his car outside the Kellum Law Firm on the city's south side, Aden said. The firm's main office in New Bern declined comment. Kellum has nine personal injury offices in the eastern part of the state. The suspect crossed five lanes of traffic after the Kellum shooting and injured the three others before he was caught, Aden said. Police are still trying to determine the shooter's identity and motive. He is in police custody at a local hospital. The shooter was using a "pistol-grip shotgun" with an unknown number of rounds, Aden said. He also had a bag filled with ammunition.

An ambulance sits in the parking lot of a Walmart in Greenville, N.C.
An ambulance sits in the parking lot of a Walmart in Greenville, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Aileen Devlin)
Police investigate a shooting on Friday in Greenville, N.C.
Police investigate a shooting on Friday in Greenville, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Aileen Devlin)
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