HAZEL DELL, Wash. (KOIN) — A 35-year-old man from Gillette, Wyoming is in custody after a shooting at a Walmart in Hazel Dell.
Shaun Sprague was taken into custody when deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office entered the store after the early Wednesday morning shooting. No one was injured.
“There’s no indication of what he was shooting at,” Sgt. Fred Neiman told KOIN 6 News.
Neiman says employees self-evacuated or sheltered in place. “It sounds like they did the right thing,” he said.
Walmart released the following statement on how employees are trained to handle active shooter situations:
“All Walmart associates receive basic computer based training in how to respond to specific events, such as fires, bomb threats and severe weather. In 2015, Walmart worked with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University to develop an active shooter awareness effort which included the production of a training video covers a plan of action designed to empower and instill confidence in people of all ages and abilities and help them understand what to do if an active shooter event takes place. The ALERRT video is available to all associates and awareness materials are posted in store break rooms.”
James Kansewick, who is visiting from Texas, was shopping in the store when he heard a loud sound. “I looked across the front and there were store employees kind of hunkered down, moving towards, I guess, the safe room,” Kansewick said.
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He then followed other employees into a backroom. He said a siren went off inside the store about 10 seconds after the shots were fired.
Walmart corporate communications senior manager Erica Jones released a statement on the shooting, saying “This is an awful situation. Thankfully, our associates and customers are safe and no one was injured. We are grateful to our management team for their quick thinking in getting customers and associates out of harm’s way, and to the police for their swift action in stopping the suspect.”
Colby Bell, whose wife works at the store, told KOIN 6 News that his wife texted him there was a shooter in the store.
He and his wife live a few blocks away. “I threw on my clothes and just started running,” he said.
Here are screenshots of their conversation:
KOIN 6 News is at the scene and will have more information soon.