Man shoots 2, kills 1 after Walmart worker intervenes during theft attempt, police say
Good Samaritans at the Walmart tried to stop the fleeing shooter, who remains at-large.
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP Ohio (WXIX) - An attempted robbery turned into a deadly shooting at a Walmart Supercenter in Butler County Thursday night, according to police.
Two people were shot and one of them is dead, according to Fairfield Township Police Capt. Doug Lanier. The other victim is at UC West Chester Hospital in critical condition.
The suspect had fled the scene by the time police arrived and is considered at-large. Lanier described him as a man in dark clothing and a red shirt. He had a medical mask on during the shooting.
Police have an idea of who the suspect might be but have not yet identified him to the public.
The suspect’s vehicle was located by the Hamilton Police Department after the shooting in the area of 13th Street and Hensley Avenue. One male who is not the suspect was in the vehicle at the time, and police are currently “working with that person,” according to Lanier.
Police do not believe the suspect is still in the area of the Walmart and do not believe there is a threat to the public at this time.
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The incident happened shortly before 7:57 p.m. inside the Walmart on Princeton Road.
“This stemmed from a theft, and it just evolved from there,” Lanier said.
The suspect was trying to shoplift from the electronics department when an employee intervened, according to the police captain.
Other people intervened as well, including some who tried to stop the suspect as he was fleeing out of the store. At least one of those people was shot, Lanier says.
“I can’t even begin to fathom or speak for the people that were working or shopping here when this occurred,” Lanier said.
A witness tells FOX19 the victims were a customer and a Walmart employee.
“We can all appreciate a Good Samaritan who is wanting to jump in and help. There’s so many times right now where someone is getting hurt and people just sit back and turn on the recorder and just watch,” Lanier said. “This is a situation where you’re talking about property, and it’s just not worth it to intervene when you’re talking about property.”
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton police and Trenton police responded with Fairfield Township police.
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