In a tragic turn of events on Monday night, a lone gunman wreaked havoc at a Walmart hypermarket in Beavercreek, Ohio, leaving four individuals injured before taking his own life, according to local authorities.
At approximately 8:35 pm on Monday, the assailant entered the Walmart and opened fire, causing injuries to four unsuspecting victims. Beavercreek police, in a statement shared on social media, confirmed that the shooter used a gun, with witnesses suggesting it was an assault rifle.
The wounded were swiftly transported to nearby hospitals, and their current conditions remain undisclosed, while the gunman succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Law enforcement highlighted that responding officers did not discharge any rounds, effectively securing the premises and eliminating any potential threats. The identity of the gunman, a potential motive for the attack, and further details were not immediately released.
Witnesses recounted scenes of panic and fear during the horrifying incident. One woman, who narrowly avoided harm, shared a video on social media detailing her encounter with the assailant while shopping for Thanksgiving items. Another witness, also on social media, described the attacker as a “tall, young white guy” carrying an army bag.
Emergency response teams quickly tended to the injured, with Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek receiving three patients, according to Catherine Morris, a spokesperson for the medical facility’s parent company, Kettering Health.
Expressing profound sorrow over the incident, a Walmart spokesperson stated, “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened at our Beavercreek, Ohio store. This remains a developing situation, and we’re working closely with investigators on the scene.”
Beavercreek police extended condolences to the victims and their families, emphasizing their commitment to providing further information as the investigation unfolds. The community remains in shock as they come to terms with the aftermath of this tragic event.