The gunman opened fireplace earlier than 10am on Monday within the automotive park of Duncan’s Walmart supercentre is situated off Freeway 81, round 65 miles southwest of the state capital Oklahoma Metropolisand police rushed to the scene. Native faculty had been positioned on lockdown and one witness reported listening to 9 photographs being fireplace on the Walmart supercentre.
Native journalist for ABC’s KOCO-5’s Oklahoma Metropolis, tweeted: “Three people are dead after a shooting at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tells me.”
Preliminary experiences mentioned the shooter was nonetheless at massive however police have now confirmed the gunman is useless.
Earlier police had warned residents to look out for an individual dressed all in black.
Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford mentioned: “We have three individuals that are deceased. We have two white males and a white female.”
He additionally confirmed that the suspect was armed with a handgun and was a type of killed.
Mr Ford added: “Two of the victims are inside a vehicle, one is outside the vehicle. And at this point, that’s about all we do know.”
A witness advised native ABC affiliate KOCO-TV that he heard roughly 9 gunshots earlier than the gunman was approached by a citizen who pulled out a gun.
The witness then mentioned the suspected gunman turned the gun on himself.
The police haven’t launched additional particulars of the capturing and a doable motive at the moment continues to be unknown.
In a press release, Walmart mentioned: “As that is an lively police investigation, we’re at the moment referring further inquiries to legislation enforcement and aiding nevertheless doable.
“This was an remoted incident within the parking zone and was not an lively shooter scenario.”
Throughout the capturing, Duncan faculties within the space had been positioned on lockdown.
Officers for Duncan’s public faculty system mentioned: “Duncan Public Schools is aware of the report of a shooting at Duncan Walmart”
“As all the time we’re taking each precaution to guard our workers and college students. Right now all faculties are in lockdown because of this report.
“Colleges will function as regular, however guests won’t be admitted till police report it’s secure.”
The lockdown was lifted simply earlier than 11.30am.
A Subway worker who works within the Walmart supercentre complicated advised KOKH Fox 25 nobody was being let into the shop, with the south entrance completely blocked off.
He added: “It happened just outside the south entrance and the police have a whole section of cars roped off.”
The Subway worker mentioned he didn’t see or hear something immediately from the capturing.
Walmart shops have witnessed a variety of shootings over the previous few months.
Earlier this yr two folks had been killed when a former colleague opened fireplace at a Walmart retailer in Southaven, Mississippi.
A number of days in August a gunman opened fireplace at a Walmart retailer in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 folks and injuring an additional 24