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Suspect arrested, charged in Jan. 14 Montgomery Walmart shooting

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Police Department says it is charging 21-year-old Carlton Webb with second degree assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in connection to the January 14 shooting incident outside the Walmart in the 3800 block of Eastern Boulevard.

Webb was arrested and charged Monday after being released from an area hospital, authorities say. He was recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in the incident. Court documents indicate Webb was released on $45,000 bond.

Police say an uninvolved adult female who was in her vehicle during the dispute sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives say Webb and another person were engaged in an exchange of gunfire outside the store following a verbal altercation that started inside. 

ORIGINAL REPORT

Customers at a Montgomery Walmart were sent running for cover Wednesday night after a heated dispute ended in gunfire at the busy store. The incident happened around 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the store on Eastern Boulevard. 

A man and a woman were injured in the shooting. Police said Wednesday night the male victim suffered life-threatening injuries and the female victim had non-life-threatening injuries. The male victim has since been updated to stable, according to police.

On Thursday, officials confirmed that the woman was an innocent bystander. While authorities have released few details on the investigation, no one has ruled out whether or not the male victim could have been involved in the shooting.

Investigators with the Montgomery Police Department are still searching for those involved. No one is in custody.

Brian Nick, the Director of National Media Relations for Walmart, says the store on Eastern Boulevard has worked to improve its security in recent months. He said Walmart is working closely with authorities in their investigation into the most recent shooting.

In an interview with WSFA 12 News, Nick explained:

“Security of our customers and Associates is a top priority. We take security measures seriously and monitor them on a store by store basis. In this store, we have a member of the sheriff's department there full time 24/7. This was put in place in November. We have also recently upgraded the surveillance cameras at this store. When situations like this occur, it can be caught on tape. We have a good relationship with police and work with them as they need for ongoing investigations. We don't have all the details or the current status of the people who were hurt, but our thoughts go out to any victim of this tragic situation. We continue to monitor it and work with police. We have also recently increased store security personnel that deal with shoplifting and other crime that could happen there over the last few months."

Montgomery Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt says the shooting happened after a dispute inside the store that involved several people. The fight was carried out into the parking lot where the shooting took place.

Stunned shoppers stood with their carts and bags as police cars filled the parking lot and a large crime scene area was roped off. 

For Anna Leonard, an expectant mother, her trip to pick up some groceries at the store Wednesday evening turned into a scary ordeal.

“I have my 3-year-old with me and I'm due Tuesday," Leonard explained. "Who wants to be going through all of this? It's just crazy. I've never been through anything like this,” she said.

Shantana Jones says many customers ran for cover when they heard the gunfire out in the front parking lot. She believed the female victim was walking out to her car and was caught in the crossfire.

“Two guys were shooting and she ended up getting shot in the back in the process,” Jones said. “There was a lot of people in the back of the store. We were still walking around because I didn't know what was going on so then they came on the intercom and told everyone to go to the back of the store.”

As gunfire erupted in the parking lot, John Parks' granddaughter was waiting for him in the car when it was hit by a bullet. Windows on other vehicles in the parking lot appeared to have been shattered in the melee.

“She was sitting in the back seat and the back glass, the door, got shot out right beside her. Luckily, the bullet didn't hit her. The glass was completely out and she was all nervous and upset,” Parks said.

“I'm sorry that it happened. It's crazy out here. You can't go anywhere and shop without violence. It's ridiculous,” added April Hicks, another shopper who was inside the store and heard the shots.

This is not the first shooting incident at this store. In October, an MPD officer was shot at the same Walmart after responding to a call of a possible shoplifting incident. The shooting kicked off a huge manhunt that ended nine hours later in Louisiana. 

“It's a shame that you can't come to Walmart and not even feel safe here. It's the second time something terrible like this has happened here,” Anna Leonard said.

“It's really crazy at Walmart and there are kids and families around. I hope everybody is ok,” added shopper Teresa Hamock.

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