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Woman hurt, man arrested following shooting at Walmart near old Metrocenter Mall

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 12:41:33-04

PHOENIX  — Phoenix police say a woman was shot and an 18-year-old was arrested in connection to a shooting at a Walmart near I-17 and Dunlap Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the suspect had an altercation with two men known to him inside the store. The alleged shooter has been identified by police as 18-year-old Diontay Evans.

Police say as all three men were leaving when Evans pulled out a handgun and fired shots into the store, striking a 45-year-old woman who police said appeared to be an unintended victim.

She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police say Evans then fired additional rounds at one of the men he was having an altercation with, striking a vehicle.

No other injuries were reported.

Morgan was one of many inside. He shared his experience with ABC15.

"I heard what sounded like someone stomping on a bottle full of air. It happened three times in a row. Real quick! Pop, pop, pop,” added Morgan.

Morgan didn't think anything of it, he says, until seconds later.

"There was a wall of people running down the main aisle from the front to the electronics,” added Morgan. "It's scary. I saw a lady and her baby get pushed over. The panic was terrifying with people looking around and not knowing where to go."

Closer to the front of the store, near the self-checkout area, was Vicki Milroy.

"As I am turning the corner, to go to one of the registers, I hear bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. Five shots,” said Milroy.

Also hearing the shots was Rosa Moreno. She talked to ABC15 through a translator.

"She was walking into Walmart when she saw the shooter. He shot three times. One of the bullets hit this lady in the back. She said she saw her fall,” added Moreno’s translator.

That's when, Moreno says, a gunman pointed a gun at her. too.

"She says everything happened so fast and it was very terrifying. She just wanted to kind of leave, but she did not know where she was able to run,” added Moreno’s translator.

Evans has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail and is facing assault charges.