Shooter at Walmart Distribution; 2nd shooting of this type in 2 years in county

The suspect was arraigned on 3 charges - Assault/Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Domestic Protection Order Violation. She was ordered held without bond.

A Greenwood woman was taken into custody after a man was shot in the leg Sunday at the Walmart Distribution Center near Laurens - his wound is not life-threatening, according to the sheriff - BOND DENIED ON THREE CHARGES.

Sheriff Don Reynolds declined to speculate on whether Walmart needs to beef up its security, in light of one employee shooting another with the semi-automatic pistol inside the massive warehouse. "That's a question for them." Reynolds said.

Reynolds said dispatch told officers the man has an order of protection against the woman/suspect. The county's SWAT team was deployed - the suspect surrendered peacefully.

"She positioned herself at a table, and thought it over," Reynolds said.

Reynolds identified the suspect as Deborah Anderson Morgan, 56, of 314 Possum Hollow Rd., Greenwood. She was arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime. She was cooperative during the arrest, the sheriff said.

Officers were dispatched at 3:40 pm for an active shooter, and found more of a one on one situation. Raynolds said it is very big building and there was no radio contact throughout the building, so everyone took cover and locked themselves in rooms. It took time to go through the building and make sure eveyrone was secure, Reynolds said. "I want to thank Walmart, Newberry, DNR, Laurens City, Clinton city, Highway Patrol, they all responded. We had to substantiate the fact that this was a one on one. We had statements that there were multiple shots fired, which I don't think there were," Reynolds said.

The suspect quickly proceeded to the front of building and was secured, the sheriff said. He did not want to identify the victim because he said he wasn't sure who had been contacted - the victim was shot in the leg. "The incident occured and they separated," Reynolds said, when asked how the victim "got away." He couldn't speculate on a motive - "being mad and thinking at the same time, none of us are good at that."

Addressing no loss of life in this workplace violence incident, Reynolds said of the first responders, "When they respond, you have all the help in the world, people who know what to do. That makes you secure for your officers and for all other people in the building."

It is Laurens County's 2nd inside-an-industry shooting in 2 years:

LCSO statement:

On March 10, 2019 the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Walmart Distribution Center in Laurens to what was reported as an active shooter situation. Upon arrival, the Shift Lieutenant located a victim with a gunshot wound in the warehouse. The Lieutenant was able to provide cover while co-workers got the victim out of the building. As more officers arrived to provide cover, EMS responded and treated the victim, removing him from the scene. Employees were able to quickly relay the suspects name and description to Deputies, who then relayed this information to other responding units.

Deputies found the suspect sitting in a break room near the main entrance a short time later. She was taken into custody without further incident and was eventually transported to the Johnson Detention Center where she was booked on several charges.

Numerous law enforcement personnel strategically cleared the building to make sure there were no other threats inside the facility and to locate any employee’s which might still be inside the building. Officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Laurens City Police Department, Clinton Police Department, DNR, Highway Patrol, and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. SLED Crime Scene also responded to process the scene.

We are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation; however, it appears this was an isolated incident between two people. Right now, it appears the victim was the only person targeted by the shooter. The victim was transported to the hospital, but it doesn’t appear that his injuries are life threatening. We will provide updates as they come available.

“This was a very dangerous situation and there were a lot of employee’s in this facility, so we’re thankful that no one else was seriously injured by this woman’s reckless actions. I want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies that responded to assist with this incident. Obviously, it was a very large facility to clear and would have taken much longer if it weren’t for these agencies’ assistance.”

-Sheriff Don Reynolds, Laurens, South Carolina




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