Shooting at Walmart Parking Lot Leaves Three People Dead


Ian Dahl, Contributer

Recently on Monday, November 18, police reports show a shooting that took place at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma. Three people, including the shooter, were found dead in the store’s parking lot after the shooting had finished when the police had arrived.

Local police in Duncan, Oklahoma had gotten a call around 9:53 PM about an apparent shooting that was taking place outside in a Walmart parking lot. When police arrived about one minute later, the shooting had already ended and three bodies were found dead outside. Chief Danny Ford, from Duncan Police Department, said, “There were three deceased individuals, one female, one male was found deceased in the car and one male outside of the car.” One of the bodies was confirmed by the police to belong to the shooter. The police also found the handgun used by the shooter on scene and several bullets were already fired into the windshield of the vehicle where the two bodies were found.

Luckily, no one inside the Walmart was affected by the shooting and no one in the store was evacuated either. LeMia Jenkins, the Walmart spokeswoman, explained in an email that, “This was an isolated incident in the parking lot and was not an active shooter situation.” Jason Hicks, a Stephens County District Attorney, also confirms that no one inside the Walmart was threatened, “We want to make sure everyone understands there was at no time anybody inside Walmart, or anybody threatened inside that business.” Local police secured the area around the Walmart parking lot and announced that there was no additional danger. Kimberly Meek, the Duncan City Manager, announced, “Law enforcement officers have secured the scene, and we do not believe there is an additional threat to the community, our prayers are with the victims, their families and with our law enforcement community as they investigate.” Schools and businesses located near the Walmart went into lock down upon hearing about the shooting until receiving the all-clear by the police.

Authorities are still looking for a motive that led to the shooting but believe that the incident was caused by a domestic dispute. Family members that were at the scene of the shooting said “the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute between a husband and wife.” Police have not announced the identities of those involved in the incident at this time and are waiting for confirmation from the families affected.

While police forces are investigating the shooting, the community is coming together to support those affected by the incident. “Some of the churches are already responding which I think is a good thing, I think the community will do all it can to at least help in this.” said Chief Danny Ford. The shooting occurred less than a week after the Walmart in El Paso, Texas reopened after a shooting took place at the store around three months ago. Chief Danny Ford said, “It’s regrettable, obviously, there’s not much you can say to families that have this kind of loss except we’re sorry.”