Walmart: ‘Our hearts are with the victims’ of Southaven Walmart shooting

Walmart: ‘Our hearts are with the victims’ of Southaven Walmart shooting
Two people were killed and a police officer was injured in a shooting at Walmart in Southaven July 30, 2019. The suspect is a disgruntled former worker.

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - Walmart released a statement Tuesday regarding the shooting at the store in Southaven that left two people dead and two more injured, saying the company is “deeply saddened” by the shooting.

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The company says they are working with law enforcement to help with the investigation. Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite said the suspect is a disgruntled employee -- now identified as Martez Abram.

Two of the victims were current store employees, according to Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore. They have since been identified as 40-year-old Anthony Brown and 38-year-old Brandon Gales.

A Walmart spokesperson released this statement from Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart U.S.:

“The entire Walmart family is heartbroken by the loss of two valued members of our team. We feel tragedies like this personally, and our hearts go out to the families of our two associates and the officer who was injured. We are relieved the suspect was apprehended, and we appreciate the quick response of the local authorities and our associates. We’ll continue to focus on assisting law enforcement in their investigation and on supporting our associates.”

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*Editor’s note: Authorities previously said Martez Abram was a former Walmart employee. He was in fact still employed but suspended at the time of the shooting.

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