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Councilman: Montgomery Walmart shooting was not random

Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:16 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 10:17 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It has been more than 24 hours since a woman was shot in the parking lot of the Chantilly Parkway Walmart. The parking lot, a crime scene, is roped off by police tape.

“It’s just terrifying that you can’t go and buy groceries and be safe,” said shopper Brenda Williamson

Williamson is here stocking up for her five grandbabies back home in Brantley. She wouldn’t have come here if they were with her.

“You can’t take that chance with your babies,” she said.

Police say the shooting happened around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Many bystanders were concerned, but Montgomery city councilman Charles Jinright tells us this was not a random attack.

“It’s all people that know each other. It’s not strangers. It’s not random. It’s people that know each other,” said Jinright.

He strongly condemns these crimes and adds the city will take these issues head on through its new violence prevention department.

“We’re trying to find ways to stop these violence situations like this, but at this time, we don’t have an answer, but we’re looking for one,” he said.

This crime is also grabbing the attention of County Commissioner Doug Singleton, who also oversees this district.

“There’s always been a kind of thing that this kind of stuff don’t happen on the east side of town, but I’ve been trying to tell people over the years that its coming,” Singleton said.

He wants harsher laws and punishment for those who break them.

“We’ve got plenty of room in the county jail for these people that continuously want to break the law, and don’t want to live like a law-abiding citizen,” said Singleton.

No motive or additional details on the victim’s condition have been released and no arrests have been made at this time.

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