Unruly Walmart customer sparks false shooting rumors

By Brie Handgraaf

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Despite initial reports of shots being fired Sunday inside Walmart, police said the disturbance was caused by an irate customer in the sporting goods section.

Authorities said an employee called police shortly after 6 p.m. after a customer became unruly when a felony conviction barred him from buying a shotgun. When officers arrived, they said customers were fleeing the store talking about shots being fired. No one was injured and the suspect, James A. Christinson, was taken into custody.

Christinson was charged with disorderly conduct and released with a written promise to appear.

The incident was one of the several gun-related calls Rocky Mount officers responded to Sunday. Around 11 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Bedford Road where a 25-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to Nash General Hospital and flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where his condition is unknown.

According to police reports, the victim was walking his dog when he was shot multiple shots. No description of the suspect was released.

Three people were home around 10 p.m. Sunday when multiple gunshots were fired into a house on the 700 block of Branch Street. Authorities said a 47-year-old woman was walking into a room when someone fired multiple times into the room, causing hundreds of dollars in damage. No one was wounded and no description of the suspects was released.

Anyone with information on the incidents on Bedford Road or Branch Street is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov.


Yea, where are those

Yea, where are those advocates that hold meetings to stop all of this crap? Whay aren't they out there being on the lookout. Tired of the lip service (the rallys) just so people can get their face in the paper.

Makes no sense

Advocates that hold meetings to stop all of this crap! What? Out there on the lookout. Makes no sense.

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