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‘A lot’ of people in Walmart when deadly shooting began in produce aisle, chief says

Huntersville Police chief speaks on Walmart shooting

Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill speaks on Walmart incident, where a fight led to a man being shot and killed.
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Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill speaks on Walmart incident, where a fight led to a man being shot and killed.

A man was shot and killed Monday at around 6:30 p.m. in the Walmart on Bryton Town Center Drive in Huntersville, police said.

In a press release late Tuesday morning, Huntersville police said Jalyn Domonique Craig, 19, of Charlotte, died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the scene.

His death followed an altercation inside the Walmart among several people that led to a fight and then gunshots, police said. Four other people involved in the incident were interviewed by investigators.

“At this time, the Huntersville Police Department has identified all parties involved and are consulting with the District Attorney’s Office with what if any charges will be filed,” the release said.

Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill has said he couldn’t estimate how many customers were in the store when shots were fired in the aisles near the produce section.

“I think the official answer to that would be ‘a lot,’ ” he said at a press conference.

A Huntersville police officer was in the store’s parking lot when he heard two to three gunshots, police said Tuesday. The officer went inside and found the people involved.

“It’s very uncommon for that to happen,” Spruill said. “We don’t have shootings inside of any retail store.”

Right after the shooting, the store was locked down so officers could talk to witnesses and anyone who might be involved, Spruill said. Officers got contact information from store customers before allowing them to leave, he said.

One man who said he was in the store at the time of the shooting told the Observer’s news partner WBTV that other customers screamed and ran for cover after hearing gunshots.

Denise Burton told WSOC that she and her daughter were in the store when gunfire erupted.

“I don’t want to be a sitting duck, so as soon as I saw the coast was clear, I just wanted to get my daughter out of there,” Burton told the station.

Walmart released a statement on the incident, reported Fox 46: “We are deeply saddened by what has happened. We are thankful for the quick actions by the Huntersville Police Department and their arrest of those believed responsible for this crime. We are working closely with law enforcement. Since this is an active investigation, we will refer additional questions to them.”

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