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