Police were called to a Baton Rouge Walmart Tuesday after two men having an altercation reportedly fired shots at one another, hitting one bystander.
An innocent bystander in a check-out line was wounded, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux told reporters. The injured 42-year-old man drove to a local hospital and is in stable condition, police said. (RELATED: 20 People Dead After El Paso Shooting, Governor Says)
Gautreaux said they were on the scene within minutes, and it was no longer an active shooter situation. Police are looking for a man described as a slightly built, thin, black male wearing black shorts and a black shirt.
Both men reportedly had hand guns, one of which was recovered by police.
Dana Jones, a customer who heard the shooting but did not witness the incident, told reporters she heard a customer scream ‘He’s got a gun!’ and described ‘pop-pop-pop’ sounds shortly afterward, according to an interview she gave to WAFB.
Jones said customers ran for the doors.”This is just unbelievable. I just pray nobody got hurt,” she added.
“You know you can’t be too careful in a Walmart,” Jones said she heard another customer say.
“Today, a shooting at a Walmart on Burbank Drive in the southern part of the City-Parish caused a brief panic for shoppers still on edge after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this weekend. It was a dispute between two people that escalated into careless violence,” Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement obtained by WAFB.
“The incident is still under investigation. An innocent bystander did go to the hospital with a gunshot wound but no other injuries have been reported,” the statement concluded.
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