At least two people were killed and a cop was injured in a shooting at a Mississippi Walmart store in the US on Tuesday, according to authorities.
“The shooting took place in Southaven, Mississippi sometime between 6.30 a.m. (1130 GMT) and 6.40 a.m. (1140 GMT)”, police said.
The two victims who were believed to be employees of the store, found dead when police arrived.
The suspect was shot and taken to a hospital with injuries, police said.
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite tweeted, saying “I am “terribly sad and very angry about this senseless violence,” while sending condolences to the family and friends of the victims (sic).
“I’m also incredibly proud of my officers that showed their guts today and prevented the loss of many more lives,” he said.
Walmart President Greg Foran also expressed sadness over the shooting, saying “the entire Walmart family is heartbroken by the loss of two valued members of our team,” according to a Walmart statement online.
According to a company spokesman, the suspect Martez Tarrell Abram, 39, of Southaven is a longtime Walmart associate who was recently suspended.
Abram faces two counts of murder after he fatally shot one employee inside the store in Southaven, the third-largest city in Mississippi and killed an employee outside, said John Champion, district attorney for the 17th Circuit Court of Mississippi.
Champion further said, “Abram does not have a criminal record.
In a statement, Walmart President and CEO Greg Foran said the “Walmart family is heartbroken by the loss of two valued members of our team”.
“We feel tragedies like this personally and our hearts go out to the families of our two associates and the officer who was injured,” the statement said.