Police were called Monday night to a shooting with injuries at the Beavercreek Walmart.
The Beavercreek Police Department confirmed they responded to an active shooter at 3360 Pentagon Blvd. but said later Monday night on social media that the store “has been cleared and secured” with “no active threat at this time.”
There were at least three gunshot victims injured, according to reports. A CareFlight medical helicopter took flight around 9:50 p.m. for Miami Valley Hospital. The Greene County Coroner’s Office responded just before 10:30 p.m.
An employee reported hearing at least two shots but did not see anyone hit.
“I thought it was glass at first. I heard a couple people running and screaming so I darted out and we got to the Burger King parking lot,” the worker said.
One witness said the shooter had a backpack and was holding a rifle, and that he walked by her before he opened fire, she said in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, that was recorded outside the store.
Walmart issued the following statement Monday night:
“We’re heartbroken by what’s happened at our Beavercreek, Ohio, store. This remains a developing situation, and we’re working closely with investigators on the scene.”
The company directed all questions to local law enforcement. Beavercreek police said they are investigating and will release information once it is available.
Wright State students Kailie Conley and Anna Cowley watched and counted as between 30 and 40 cruisers with lights flashing pulled up outside Walmart.
“We were grabbing a bite nearby,” Conley said. “We were like ‘What’s going on?’
“The parking lot was flooded (with police cars),” she said. “There was police dogs that were running in, a bunch of cops running in … It was a lot, especially with how many how cops did show up,” Conley said.
Walmart is a place where Wright State students, including the two girls, shop frequently. Cowley had been at the Walmart earlier in the day.
“This is crazy thinking that literally less than five minutes away is where we live and where we stay every day, and that could happen at any time to us. Like they could have went to campus and not a Walmart,” Cowley said.
The two checked in with their friends at Wright State, all of whom were safe.
Wright State University alerted students and staff to stay away from the Beavercreek Walmart for an “active incident.”
Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions in Greene, Montgomery and Clark counties responded to the store, where police could be seen inside on the grocery side.
The Beavercreek Walmart is the same store where 22-year-old John Crawford III of Fairfield was shot and killed Aug. 5, 2014, by an officer while holding a BB gun for sale in the store. The officer-involved shooting followed reports from a 911 caller that Crawford, who was talking on a cellphone, had been pointing a weapon and threatening shoppers.