LUMBERTON, NC – One person was hospitalized Friday after being shot inside the Walmart Supercenter, according to Lumberton police.
Lumberton police officers responded around 11:26 a.m. Friday to the store at 5070 Fayetteville Road. Police said surveillance footage shows the gunman leaving the store as it was evacuated.
Minutes later, police received word that a person arrived at UNC Health Southeastern with a gunshot wound that was not considered life-threatening. Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name.
The police believe that the shooting happened between two people who know each other.
Authorities are working to find the shooter. Police are not releasing the perpetrator’s name or information about the person’s identity.
No one else was injured, according to Lumberton police.
From 14 ET Friday, the stage is set and the shop is closed. A sign outside the store said it would reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Shane Baker was inside the store during the shooting.
“I heard the guy make a threat,” Baker said. “He said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in here’.”
Baker worked to shuttle between 10 and 15 people inside a meat locker for safety. He said all he could do was stand by the door.
“[I] didn’t know if he was [going to] find us or not,” Baker said of the shooter.
Baker explained how the shooting started.
“They started arguing,” Baker said. “The argument became more aggressive … and I knew something was about to happen.
“I said, ‘let’s get down. Get down’. When we got on the floor, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. Five [or] six rounds is what I heard.”
Lumberton Police, Robeson County Deputies and North Carolina State Troopers responded to the scene.
“We work closely with local law enforcement and they will have to answer any questions you may have,” Walmart senior manager Ashley Nolan wrote in an email to WRAL News.
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