Two men were killed Tuesday in a shooting at a Mississippi Walmart in Southaven, and a suspect described as a disgruntled former employee was in custody, Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said. During a press conference held midmorning, Moore said the suspect was shot when two officers confronted him, and they exchanged fire. The suspect is undergoing surgery at a local hospital.
A police officer was injured and taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK. The officer was hit in his bulletproof vest and not seriously hurt, according to Moore. Both victims were Walmart employees; one was found dead in the store and another dead in the parking lot. Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite described the shooter as a disgruntled worker with a grievance against his employer; DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said the shooter was an employee until Monday.
One of the victims was Brandon Gales, 38, who worked at Walmart for about 16 years, and was recently promoted to department manager. Nicholas Gales, Brando Gales’s brother, said Brandon Gales was a father of four.
The second victim was Anthony Brown, a 40-year-old father of two who worked as a store manager. He’s from Caledonia, Mississippi. The suspect not been identified yet.
“It wasn’t an accident,” said Travis Jones, an overnight stocker who was working when he heard shots. “He knew what he was doing when he came in there.”
Jones said he saw the body of a store manager on the floor as they ran out of the store. “It was an ugly scene,” he said.