Police responded to reports of shots fired after an incident between two people who knew each other at 11:26 a.m. on Black Friday at the Walmart Super Center on Fayetteville Rd. A gunshot victim was later treated at UNC Health Southeastern.
There was a major evacuation of the shopping center. Because of the chaos of other Black Friday shoppers, it was difficult for first responders to locate the shooter or any of the victims that were injured.
However, the police were able to locate those involved after a man arrived at the local hospital with gunshot wounds. The two people who were involved in the shooting incident knew each other, which may indicate a motive behind the shooting.
Police determined that the shooting was an isolated incident and are now on the hunt for the suspect that opened fire.
Due to the threatening nature of the shooting, the store decided to close around 2pm and remained closed for the rest of the day. The store suggested a reopening the following morning.
Just hours later, another gunfight broke out as Black Friday shoppers were out and about. This time, it was at a mall in Greenville just 2 hours away from the Walmart shooting.
A Greenville Police Department officer heard gunshots and responded to the scene near American Eagle, where he found Theodore Devon Dunn Jr. and Irashamire Raashad Perkins. Both were wounded from the fight and were transported to ECU Health Medical Center.
This Black Friday violence occurred amidst another recent Walmart shooting that happened this past Tuesday. A night shift manager at another Walmart location opened fire in a mass shooting. Seven people were killed in total, including the shooter. An additional six victims were injured during the mass casualty event.