Suspect arrested for shooting at a Charlotte Walmart

CMPD said officers at the scene located “evidence of a shooting” but no victims have been located.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A person has been arrested following a shooting at a Charlotte Walmart Monday.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed the arrest Friday, five days after someone allegedly fired a weapon inside the Steele Creek store on March 8.

Around 7:30 p.m., CMPD officers, the Charlotte Fire Department, and Medic responded to a store, located at 8180 South Tryon Street, after someone reported hearing gunshots.

Steele Creek officers, the K-9 Unit and members of the SWAT team evacuated employees and customers out of the building while officers searched for any injured people. The entrance to the Walmart was also taped off.

CMPD officers located “evidence of a shooting” but found no one at Walmart who was injured.

Police said in a news conference Tuesday they believed both the suspect and the victim left the store after the shooting. According to police, they believe the shooting happened in one of the main aisles inside the store.

The shooting was not random and the victim and suspect knew each other, police said. Though, police said from the surveillance video it appeared the victim did not know the suspect was in the store. 

Police are combing through a lot of videos at the moment and said they have not made contact with the suspect for the victim at this time. 

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake told Hunter Sáenz that she was in the store, an aisle over from where it happened, and heard shots. Leake said she saw blood and tried to get out of the way. Leake called the scene “pandemonium” and said she felt lucky not to be hurt. 

WCNC Charlotte has asked CMPD about the reported blood at the scene, but police have not yet provided information on that report.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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