Wal-Mart Customer Fatally Shoots Would-be Thief

Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 12:29:00-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Investigators say a customer who fatally shot a man suspected of stealing diapers from a Wal-Mart store in Florida also injured a second person.


Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves tells local news outlets that three men left the store in Orlando with stolen items Saturday and were loading the merchandise into a vehicle when a store employee approached them.


An armed customer heard the commotion and came to the employee's aid.


Nieves says the customer thought 19-year-old Arthur Adams was going for a gun and fired his weapon. Initially deputies thought the customer only shot Adams but later learned a juvenile girl sitting in the vehicle was hit in the leg. She fled the scene and went to a hospital hours later. A third suspect is still being sought.

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