Police shot and killed an attacker in a gun battle after he shot a person inside an Indiana Walmart on Thursday, an Evansville police spokesperson said.
The victim, who was shot at the Walmart in Evansville in southern Indiana just before 10 p.m., was alive when officers arrived. Police Sgt. Anna Gray did not have the victim’s condition at a briefing for reporters later.
Officers killed the shooter, who fired multiple shots at officers, she said. He was identified only as a male.
“He would shoot at officers and move” inside the store, she said. “It wasn’t contained to just one area inside.”
Police cleared the building, but people fled from the Walmart, and police were not immediately sure whether anyone else was injured.
Gray said police do not know whether the shooting was targeted or random. Investigators are seeking to interview witnesses. She did not know what kind of gun the shooter used.
Walmart said it would be supporting its employees in the wake of the shooting, and it thanked first responders.
“The entire Walmart family is shocked by the senseless violence that occurred at our Evansville store, and our hearts are with our associate at this time,” the company said.
The company and police did not immediately say if the shooter was an employee, a customer or someone else. The victim was not identified, and police did not say if they were a worker or customer.
Police said the call about a shooting at the store came in at 9:59 p.m. local time (10:59 p.m. ET).
Evansville is a city of around 117,000 in southern Indiana, near the border with Kentucky.