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Shooter kills employee, wounds another at North Dakota Walmart

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NORTH DAKOTA — A 21-year-old airman shot two Walmart employees, killing one, before apparently ending his own life in the store on Tuesday, police in Grand Forks said in a written statement.

Marcell Willis also fired once at a third employee but missed before he shot himself with a handgun, Grand Forks police said.

Willis died at a hospital. He was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Andy Legg, who was shopping in the store, told CNN affiliate WDAY he heard three or four gunshots just after 1 a.m., and people started running and screaming.

Police said they would release the names of the victims on Wednesday.

“We are deeply saddened about this situation and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said. “We are still learning information about the events surrounding this tragedy and assisting law enforcement in their investigation.”

There is no obvious link between Willis and the victims or to the store, police said. Officers have spoken to some witnesses, but were encouraging others to get in touch with them.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is working with police on the case, the military said.

Grand Forks has a population of 55,000 people. There are 3,000 Air Force personnel and civilians on the base, according to the facility’s website.

 

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