Man Arrested In Baton Rouge Walmart Incident [UPDATED]
44-year-old Robert Tucker is reportedly under arrest in connection to the Baton Rouge Walmart panic that police say can be traced back to an altercation between two men at customer service that ended when one pulled out a gun.
Throughout the day authorities believed the altercation led to shooting due to eyewitness accounts, but they say after reviewing the film, a gun was pulled out but never fired.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is now saying they don't believe a shooting happened inside the Burbank Avenue Walmart.
According to a press release issued by the sheriff's office, a caller to 911 told dispatchers there was a shooting in progress. The release also says witnesses told deputies they heard popping noises they believed to be gunshots.
However, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says that a review of the video surveillance from the store shows that those witness statements were inaccurate. Gautreaux says investigators saw one of the suspects pull a gun in the customer service area, causing a panic among shoppers who tried to flee the store. Gautreaux says investigators will conduct a forensic examination of a gun found at the crime scene.
As for the person hospitalized with what was initially reported to be a gunshot wound: Gautreaux says that person was injured in the stampede of shoppers seeking to exit the building. The victim told hospital staff he was injured, and hospital staff relayed that information to deputies.
According to Gautreaux's statement, the man who was taken into custody legally owns his gun and has a concealed carry license. Deputies are still looking for the second person involved in the incident.
The incident remains under investigation.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: One person is in custody, and a second is wanted after Tuesday's shooting in the Burbank Drive Walmart in Baton Rouge.
According to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, the two suspects got into an argument inside the store before pulling guns on each other and shooting. A bystander was shot twice during the incident. The bystander, a 40-year-old standing in line, drove himself to a nearby hospital where he is being treated.
Authorities are questioning the one suspect they captured. The other drove away from the store and remains at large.
The case remains under investigation.
According to WBRZ police have been called out to respond to shooting at a Walmart in Baton Rouge.
One man was taken to a hospital, but WAFB says police are working to figure out if there was a connection.
There are very few details as of now.
Baton Rouge Police Department officials say that someone did report a shooting at the Burbank Drive location of the chain store.
We are actively working to find out details for you.