Three people are dead at an Oklahoma Walmart after a shooting on Monday morning, with the shooter reportedly being one of the people killed.
That’s according to Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford, who said the shooting took place in the store parking lot.
And it appears the incident was brought to a conclusion by a good guy with a gun — which means the story is not long for the news cycle. Even more so considering that the gunman appeared to be armed with a handgun.
Local ABC affiliate KSWO-TV reported that multiple witnesses said the gunman shot two people in a vehicle before being confronted by an armed civilian, which resulted in the shooter turning his gun on himself.
The gunman’s motivations are not known, but it’s a safe assumption to say the armed civilian saved the potential for additional loss of life.
“At this time we can confirm a shooting in Walmart parking lot. We have 3 deceased individuals. 1 Female and 1 Male were deceased in the car and 1 Male outside of the car. A handgun was found on scene. We will update as more information comes in,” read a post on the Duncan Police Department’s official Facebook page.
Walmart spokesman Payton McCormick said no staff members were involved in the shooting or injured, and the store was not evacuated.
“This was an isolated incident in the parking lot and was not an active shooter situation,” McCormick told USA Today.
There was another recent incident where an armed ex-firefighter apprehended an armed suspect in a botched Missouri Walmart shooting.
The former firefighter confronted a man in body armor carrying a rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition after he saw him enter the store — the man would later be charged with making a terroristic threat.
A witness, Julie Belew, spoke of the comfort she took in a good guy with a gun being there.
“I was comforted knowing that there were people around me just ready to disarm him and do what needed to be done,” she said. “He made me feel like he was protecting me because he kind of stood right next to my car. I was really nervous. I didn’t understand what was going on. I didn’t realize he was not a police officer.”
Monday’s shooting comes just days after the reopening of a El Paso, Texas, Walmart that was the scene of a mass shooting in August that claimed the lives of 22 people in the parking lot and inside the store.
Walmart just announced a dramatic new gun policy, ending the sale of handguns in Alaska, the only state the retailer still sells handguns in, and discontinuing the sale of ammunition for handguns nationwide. The sale of short-barrel rifle ammunition will also be discontinued nationwide.
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