Man faces charges after ‘accidentally discharging gun’ at Walmart; four injured

Four injured, man faces charges after ‘accidentally discharging’ gun at Walmart
Published: Aug. 21, 2022 at 4:47 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Police officials have confirmed to CBS46 News that a man faces multiple charges for injuring himself and three others after he “accidentally discharged a firearm” inside the Wal-Mart located on Tara Boulevard in Lovejoy.

Police responded to the Walmart located at 11465 Tara Blvd. around 12:20 p.m. on Sunday in response to a shooting.

“I got into a panic and I started rolling my cart towards the food court. Another Walmart worker came up to me and said there is blood everywhere down there,” one woman told CBS46 News.

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Investigators say “it was determined that a patron of the business mishandled a firearm and discharged a round striking himself and three others.” The investigation also revealed that “the firearm was loaded and not in a holster and the handling of the firearm was not done in a reasonable standard of care.”

Officials say two people were rushed to the hospital and two people were medically treated at the scene.

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Police identified the man as 29-year-old Michael Walton and say he faces reckless conduct charges and will be booked into the Clayton County jail.