“ONE shot was fired” at a Walmart in Sevierville, Tennessee, after an active assault rifle was reported.
All three suspects are now in custody after a “gun that sounds like an assault rifle was heard” at the Tennessee store, according to reports.
East Tennessee Incident Notifications wrote to Twitter after the incident: “No one reported gunshot victims. Possibly some patients with medical emergencies.”
A follow-up tweet at 16:16 ET, ca. 26 minutes later, read: “ONLY ONE shot fired. 3 detained. No casualties.”
No further information has been revealed about the suspects and their identities.
Officers followed with a construction search after the incident.
Kl. 15.45 ET was emergency medical services on standby along with a Lifestar helicopter.
At the time of reporting, the shooter was reportedly still in the store.
A Facebook user claimed her brother was in the store and said, “It sounded like an assault rifle.”
The woman claimed her brother said “the guy was chasing people out there [sic] door.”
Another woman told ABC6 WATE that she was in the parking lot and heard gunshots.
Tracey Houston told the news outlet: “My friend since we were 10 years old was still there, luckily a guy pushed her out a side door.
“But she’s extremely shaken right now. There’s every officer in Sevierville right now working on this.”
According to the WVLT, Sevierville police confirmed that two people were taken into custody about 40 minutes after the original report.
A third suspect was first reported as outstanding.
The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office told a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there is “no ongoing danger” after the shooting reports.
A Chick-Fil-A store manager told the WVLT that dozens of people left Walmart shortly after noon. 15.30.
Store Manager, David Simms, said: “We let everyone call their loved ones and get them a drink of water or something to eat and make sure everyone is well.”
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After the shooting, Sevierville Police warned of a traffic alert to Twitter.
At 17.00 ET reads: “North and south lanes will be closed and traffic will not be moved at the Cate Rd junction to the Collier Dr. junction. On the Parkway.
“Please use back roads / alternative routes if you are traveling in this area.”
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