Louisiana Walmart Shooting, Police Makes First Arrest

Police officers makes first arrest and are searching for another after reported shooting at a Louisiana Walmart on Aug. 6.

Authorities stated that they received a phone call about an active shooter and arrived to the Baton Rouge location to find that shots were fired inside the store, reported WAFB.

A search of the store ended up with one suspect arrest. A second suspect fled in a light-colored sedan and was described as slightly built, thin, black male wearing black shorts, black shirt and short haircut.

An innocent bystander was hit by a bullet fired by one of the men, who entered the store and pulled guns on each other after a fight, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

“I want to let everybody know that this was not an active shooter,” Gautreaux said in a press conference at the crime scene. “Thank God this was nothing like anywhere near what they faced in El Paso or anything like this.”

The bystander was inside the Walmart buying a lunchbox, The Advocate reported.

Gaurteaux told reporters that only one of the two people fired and that the bullet hit the bystander. a gun was recovered at the scene.

The innocent bystander was rushed to Baton Rouge General Medical Center and he’s responding to treatment, a hospital spokesperson told the Advocate.

“We constantly train for it. We do it year-round with active shooter response and everybody knows what their roles are,” Sheriff Gautreaux said, reported WBRZ. “This to me showed that all the training that we’ve done with other agencies, fire department, EMS, other law enforcement agencies, is working.”

Mike Hoss, a communications director, had posted a video on Twitter showing a man on the ground being arrested near the edge of the Walmart parking lot.

“Possibly the shooting suspect at Baton Rouge Walmart. Driving past Walmart on Burbank where police had a man on ground. Have no clue if person is suspect, but guns were drawn. Will update if possible,” he noted.

The Walmart in question is located at 10550 Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge.

El Paso Opens New Healing Center as Trump Plans Visit

El Paso officials have opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend’s mass shooting at a Walmart, in which 22 people were killed and many others were wounded.

The center opened a day before President Donald Trump was due to visit the city.

El Paso’s police chief, Greg Allen, said investigators believe the suspected gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, posted an anti-immigrant screed that appeared online shortly before the attack. Crusius is being held on capital murder charges, though federal prosecutors are also considering charging Crusius with hate crimes. Trump said Crusius and other mass murderers and hate crime criminals should be executed “quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay” in a statement on Monday.

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A woman kneels at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“He goes, trying to help heal communities, Also on Monday, Crusius was assigned a veteran public defender from San Antonio, Mark Stevens. Stevens didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment left on Tuesday.

Trump on Wednesday was also expected to visit Dayton, Ohio, where another gunman killed nine people and wounded many others in an attack only hours after the El Paso mass shooting. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway recounted visits Trump has made to grieving communities after mass shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas.

meeting with those who are injured, those loved ones who have survived, the innocents who have lost their lives so senselessly and tragically,” Conway said.

El Paso’s Republican mayor, Dee Margo, announced Trump’s visit at a news conference Monday evening, preemptively defending the decision to welcome the president while acknowledging there would be blowback: “I’m already getting the emails and the phone calls.”

“This is not a political visit as he had before, and he is president of the United States,” Margo said, referring to a campaign rally Trump held in February. “So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso to be with the president and discuss whatever our needs are in this community and hope that if we are expressing specifics, that we can get him to come through for us.”

El Paso’s police chief, Greg Allen, said 15 victims remained hospitalized as of Monday evening, including two who were in critical condition.