Shooting in Walmart Distribution

The Laurens Walmart Distribution Center was evacuated yesterday following a shooting incident that sent one person to hospital with a non-lethal injury. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to the distribution center just outside Laurens Sunday on report of an “Active Shooter.” A Sheriff’s release indicated that the Shift Lieutenant located a victim with a gunshot wound in the warehouse. The Lieutenant was able to provide cover while the victim’s co-workers got him out of the building. As more officers arrived to provide cover, EMS responded and treated the victim, removing him from the scene.

Other Walmart employees gave deputies a suspect’s name and description. A short time later officers reportedly found the suspect sitting in a break room near the main entrance to the distribution center. She was taken into custody without further incident and was eventually transported to the Johnson Detention Center where she was booked. She was reportedly being held for multiple charges.

Meanwhile, numerous law enforcement personnel strategically cleared the building to make sure there were no other threats inside the facility and to locate any employees which might still be inside. Officers with the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by others from the Laurens and Clinton Police Departments, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, DNR and the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A SLED Crime Scene unit also responded to process the scene.

Sheriff Don Reynolds said that it appears the victim was the only person targeted by the shooter. He said the victim was transported to the hospital, but it doesn’t appear that his injuries are life threatening.

The sheriff added, “This was a very dangerous situation and there were a lot of employees in this facility, so we’re thankful that no one else was seriously injured by this woman’s reckless actions.” The Sheriff thanked all the Law Enforcement agencies that responded to assist with this incident, noting, “Obviously, it was a very large facility to clear and would have taken much longer if it weren’t for these agencies’ assistance.”



The Johnson Detention Center this (Monday) morning was holding 57-year-old Deborah Anne Morgan of 314 Possum Hollow Road, Greenwood, awaiting the serving of warrants.