6 Injured in Walmart Checkout Line Shooting

Suspect opened fire after dispute, police say, 'was definitely on some type of drugs'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2018 4:10 AM CDT
6 Injured in Walmart Checkout Line Shooting
Walmart employees gather in the parking lot after a reported shooting at a Walmart in Wyncote, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Authorities say at least a few people were arrested after the reported shooting at the Walmart near Philadelphia.   (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people before fleeing, but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night. All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the gunfire reported just after 6pm Tuesday in the crowded store at the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping Center, Cheltenham Township Chief of Police John Frye says. Two women and a man were wounded in the legs and another person had a graze wound, while a fifth person later went to a hospital with unspecified injuries. In addition, a pregnant woman was taken to the hospital after a fall, Frye says.

Frye says the gunfire started after "words were exchanged" between customers in separate lines and the suspect pulled a gun from his female companion's waistband and fired "at least 10 shots," the AP reports. The man and his companion fled, tossing the gun from their car, but ran into a police vehicle. Two officers whose vehicle was rear-ended were hospitalized along with the woman in the suspect's car, while the male suspect was also arrested after being hit with a stun gun while trying to fight officers. Frye describes the shooting in the "very crowded" store a "very dangerous situation." Reports from the hospital, he says, indicate that the suspected shooter was "definitely on some type of drugs."

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